All public storm warning signals have been lifted as tropical storm “Kabayan” (international name: “Mujigae”) continues to move toward the West Philippine Sea(South China Sea) and is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between 11 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. on Saturday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
Weather forecaster Shelly Ignacio said as of 4 p.m. on Friday, “Kabayan” was 205 km northwest of Dagupan City (Pangasinan), packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.
It is forecast to move west northwest at 20 kph.
Ignacio said the tropical storm is not expected to recurve or return to the country.
She added that as it heads toward China, “Kabayan” will bring occasional rains over the provinces of Bataan, Zambales and Pangasinan in the next 24 hours.
Sea travel remains risky over the northern and western seaboards of Luzon.
Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 300 km diameter of the tropical storm.
Ignacio said improved weather conditions would be felt during the weekend in most parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila.
While improved weather is seen in the next two to three days, she added that two tropical cyclones may still affect the country this month.
The next tropical cyclone will be locally named “Lando,” the 12th to affect the country this year.
Water levels in several dams increased on Friday morning from rains brought by “Kabayan.”
Angat dam has recorded a water level of 190.70 meters while Bustos dam has reached 17.22m.
The floodgates of the two dams were opened with water flowing at 25 cubic meters per second.
Ipo dam recorded a level of 101.15m.
Authorities in Marikina City (Metro Manila) lifted Alert Level 1 that was hoisted at Marikina River also on Friday morning as the water level reached 15 meters.
“Marikina river down to 14.9m as of 2:18pm with 6 floodgates open. Alert Level 1 is lifted.” the Marikina Public Information Office said in its Twitter account.