• ‘Jose’ weakens but rains to continue

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    Pedestrians in Kamuning, Quezon City, brave the rain on Monday brought by the southwest monsoon which is being enhanced by Typhoon Jose (Halong). The typhoon is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

    Pedestrians in Kamuning, Quezon City, brave the rain on Monday brought by the southwest monsoon which is being enhanced by Typhoon Jose (Halong). The typhoon is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

    Typhoon Jose (International codename: Halong) has weakened but continues to enhance the southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat” that will bring rains in most parts of the country in the next 24 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Monday.

    Weather forecaster Jori Loiz said as of 4 p.m. yesterday, the eye of typhoon Jose was located 840 km east southeast of Aparri, Cagayan.

    He added that the typhoon’s maximum sustained winds decreased from 185 kph to 165 kph on Monday afternoon, while its gustiness declined from 220 kph 200 kph.
    Jose is forecast to move north northwest at 11 kph.

    With its movement, Loiz said the typhoon is expected to be outside the country by Thursday morning.

    The typhoon is not expected to make landfall and no public storm warning signal has been raised in any part of the country.

    However, Jose continues to enhance the southwest monsoon and will bring rains over the Ilocos region and Central Luzon which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

    In the next 24 hours, Loiz said Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have occasional rains while Visayas and Caraga Region will be cloudy light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

    PNA

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