• Expect more typhoon-induced monsoon rains

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    Typhoon “Jose” continues to enhance the southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat” that will induce rains in most parts of country on Wednesday, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

    PAGASA weather forecaster Alvin Pura said as of 6 a.m. the eye of Typhoon Jose as of 6 a.m. was located 780 km east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes packed with maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

    He added typhoon Jose changed its movement north northeast to northward and maintained its speed at 15 kph.

    With its movement, Pura said it is expected to be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday and will head towards Japan.

    Though it is not directly affecting the country, typhoon Jose as earlier forecasted won’t make any landfall and no public storm warning signal has been raised in any part of the country.

    However, he said the typhoon continues to enhance the southwest monsoon affecting Luzon — the prevailing wind system during the rainy season — which will continue to bring rains over Ilocos Region.

    Monsoon rains which may trigger flash floods and landslides will prevail over Zambales.

    According to Pura, August is the peak of southwest monsoon rains and we advised the public to be aware of the and continuous rains can be expected at the same time flooding is possible in low-lying areas.

    He added the rest of Luzon including Metro Manila will have occasional rains while Visayas and Mindanao will experience fair weather with partly cloudy to cloudy and expect isolated rainshowers due to thunderstorms.

    Pura said fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Luzon due to strong gale force wind associated with the surge of southwest monsoon which enhance by typhoon Jose.

    In its advisory, PAGASA 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. PNA

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