Exiting ‘Henry’, ‘habagat’ to bring more rains in Luzon, Visayas

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Typhoon “Henry” is expected to be out of Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday morning but will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring rains over Luzon and Visayas, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

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In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Gladys Saludes said as of 5 a.m. the eye of Typhoon “Henry” was located at 370 km north of Basco, Batanes. packed with maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph. It is forecast to move northwest at 20 kph.

With its speed and movement, Saludes said typhoon Henry is expected to be out of PAR before noon Wednesday as it heads towards Taiwan.

She added the typhoon is not expected to recurve or to return the country.

Saludes also said all public storm warning signals have already been lifted.

However, Typhoon Henry will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat” that will induce monsoon rains in Luzon including Metro Manila and Western Visayas.

She added the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

She added expect a gradual weather improvement on Saturday.

Strong to gale force winds associated with surge of southwest monsoon enhanced by Typhoon Henry is expected to affect the seaboards of Luzon and the western seaboard of Visayas.

“Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it said.

PAGASA also said moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the south to southwest over Mindanao.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.

Meanwhile, Saludes said the low pressure area (LPA) outside PAR has small chance to intensify into tropical cyclone.

Saludes said the LPA outside was spotted some 1,030 km East of Visayas.

According to Saludes, there are two LPAs outside the country’s borders which are expected to merge and may enter the country by Sunday or Monday.

She added once they merge there is a possibility that it would develop into tropical depression.

Once it intensifies inside the country it will be locally named “Inday,” the ninth tropical cyclone to enter the country this year, she said.

Typhoon “Henry” is the third cyclone to visit the country this month and the eighth for this year.

Pagasa expects three to four tropical cyclones to enter the country this month. PNA

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