'Ester' intensifies, rains to continue in parts of Luzon


Posted at Jun 15 2018 12:49 PM

A satellite image of Tropical depression Ester from PAGASA.

MANILA- Tropical depression Ester has slightly intensified with more rains expected over parts of Luzon, state weather bureau PAGASA said Friday.

In its 11 a.m. advisory, PAGASA said the tropical depression has enhanced the southwest monsoon and will bring rains over the Ilocos region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, Zambales, and Bataan.

Residents of the said areas are advised to be vigilant against possible flooding and landslides.

No tropical cyclone warning signals were raised.

As of 10 a.m., Ester's center was located 275 km north, northwest of Basco, Batanes and packs maximum sustained winds of 60 kph with gusts of up to 100 kph.

PAGASA said Ester's movement is "almost stationary" and is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility either Friday night or Saturday morning.