• Isang exits PH

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    All public storm-warning signals were lifted on Thursday morning as tropical storm Isang (international codename: Cimaron) continues to move away from the country, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

    In an interview, Pagasa weather forecaster Alvin Pura said that Isang is already out of the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) midnight Wednesday.

    Pura said Isang has maintained its strength as it continues to move farther away from the country towards Southern China.

    With Isang exiting the country, he said that Filipinos can expect improve weather conditions starting Thursday.

    As of 4 a.m., the cyclone was spotted some 250 km West of Itbayat town, Batanes province.

    It has maintained its strength, still packing maximum winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is moving northwest at 15 kph.

    Pura said in the next three days, no weather disturbance is expected to enter the country.

    He added due to southwest monsoon enhanced by the storm the Metro Manila, Ilocos region, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), and the Batanes and Calayan group of Island will experience light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

    He also said that the regions of Visayas and Mindanao will experience generally improve weather as partly cloudy skies with possible brief rain showers in the afternoon or evening.

    Pagasa also warned fishing boats and other small sea craft against venturing out into the seaboards of Northern and Western Seaboards of Luzon due to strong to gale force wind and big waves generated by Tropical Storm Isang and southwest monsoon.

    In its advisory, Pagasa said that Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, CAR, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and the Batanes and Calayan Group of Islands will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.

    It added that the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

    Pagasa added that moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to south will prevail over Luzon and Western Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

    Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to south with slight to moderate seas. PNA

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