MANILA – Typhoon ''Jose'' (international name: Halong) is set to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Thursday, but state weather bureau PAGASA said it will still enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat).
PAGASA said monsoon rains will continue to be felt in Ilocos Region and Zambales. Metro Manila and the rest of Central Luzon, meanwhile, will have occasional rains.
PAGASA said as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jose was spotted 830 kilometers east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes.
Jose was still packing maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 185 kph. It was moving north, towards Southern Japan, at 15 kph.
PAGASA said Jose will be 280 kms east of Okinawa, Japan, or outside the PAR, by Thursday morning.
A rainfall amount of 10 to 25 millimeters per hour (heavy to intense) is expected within the typhoon's 650-km diameter.
Fishermen and those with small vessels are still advised not to venture out into the seaboards of Luzon.
PAGASA said it has not monitored any weather disturbance over the Philippine Sea that will follow Jose.