• Typhoon ‘Labuyo’ exits PHL, Habagat to bring rains over Luzon

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    Typhoon Labuyo (International codename: Utor) has already exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) but is still expected to bring rains to most parts of the country due to enhance of southwest monsoon (habagat) affecting Luzon, state weather forecaster said on Tuesday.

    Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza said Labuyo with its speed at 24 kph exited the country at about 10 p.m. on Monday and headed towards southern China.

    He said there is a “slim chance” that Labuyo would return back to the country.

    Storm signals elsewhere have been lifted.

    So far, Mendoza said Labuyo, which intensified from a storm to a typhoon category late Saturday evening, is the strongest cyclone to hit the country this year.

    Labuyo is the second cyclone that affected the country this month and the 12th this year.

    Mendoza said the regions of Ilocos and Cordillera and the provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon will be cloudy with moderate to occasionally heavy rain showers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

    The weather agency advised residents in these areas to take all the necessary precautionary measures.

    Mendoza also said the rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will continue to experience cloudy skies light to moderate rains until today due to the southwest monsoon that is being enhanced by Labuyo.

    He said gradual weather improvement is expected to prevail in most parts of the country starting on Wednesday.

    Mendoza further noted that there’s still no other weather disturbance at the moment that could intensify into a cyclone for the next two to three days (until Thursday).

    However, he said one to two more cyclones are still expected to visit the country this month.

    Mendoza also said that the weather bureau warned fishing boats and other small sea craft against venturing out into the western seaboards of northern, central and southern Luzon due to strong to gale force wind and big waves generated by southwest monsoon enhanced by Typhoon Labuyo.

    In its advisory, Pagasa said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

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

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