'Hanna' to enhance habagat until next week


Posted at Aug 06 2015 12:59 PM | Updated as of Aug 06 2015 09:01 PM

Track of Typhoon "Hanna"

MANILA – Rains will be felt in some parts of the country as typhoon ''Hanna'' (international name: Soudelor) is expected to continue enhancing the southwest monsoon (habagat).

PAGASA said Hanna slightly weakened as it moved towards Batanes area. The typhoon is now packing maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 200 kph.

As of 10 a.m. today, Hanna was spotted 825 kms east of Basco, Batanes, moving west northwest at 20 kph.

Public storm warning signal number 1 is hoisted over the Batanes Group of Islands, and Calayan and Babuyan group of islands.

PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said Hanna will exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday, but it will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon as it moves towards Taiwan and China.

Aurelio said Metro Manila, Palawan, Western Visayas, and Western Mindanao may experience monsoon rains on Friday.

As the typhoon moves west northwest, the enhanced southwest monsoon may trigger rains over the western section of Northern and Central Luzon.

''Kung saan nagpunta ang bagyo, doon pa pupunta ang habagat, so aabot ng next week ang epekto ng habagat,'' Aurelio said.

''Hanggang Tuesday next week ang epekto ng habagat. By Wednesday onwards aasahan natin na gaganda ang panahon."