• ‘Ester’ ushers in rainy season


    Always bring your umbrella now because the rainy season is here, with the low pressure area spotted near Batanes province having developed into a tropical depression named Ester, according to the state weather bureau.

    Cris Perez, weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), on Tuesday said more rains are expected in most parts of the country even after Ester leaves the country on Wednesday.

    Perez added that the tropical depression was spotted around noon of Tuesday 120 kilometers north of Basco, Batanes’ capital, carrying maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour near its center and moving northeast at 20 kph. It is expected to be 1,000 kilometers off Basco on Thursday.

    Public Storm Signal No.1 has been hoisted over Batanes Group of Islands and Calayan and Babuyan groups of islands where residents can experience winds of 30 kph to 60 kph.

    Perez explained that Ester will enhance the hanging habagat or the southwest monsoon, which will bring moderate to heavy rains over Ilocos Region and over the provinces of Zambales and Bataan in Central Luzon.

    The southwest monsoon is also expected to bring rains over Metro Manila.

    PAGASA acting administrator Vicente Malano said two to three cyclones are expected to enter the country this month, and they will be codenamed Florita, Glenda and Henry.

    Even with Ester moving toward Japan on Thursday, Perez said there will still be a great chance of sudden rain in any part of the country.


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