MANILA -- (UPDATED) Tropical Depression Henry moved closer to Luzon's northern coast on Monday, bringing heavy rains to large swaths of the island, including Metro Manila, the state weather bureau said.
Henry, the second storm to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this month, has triggered floods and forced the cancellation of classes in some areas.
Packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour with 65 kph gusts, the storm was spotted 415 kilometers east of Calayan town, Cagayan, PAGASA said.
Henry is enhancing the habagat or southwest monsoon, which will bring rains over Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro Provinces, Palawan and Western Visayas, said PAGASA weather forecaster Mikos Peñaranda.
A yellow rainfall raining, the lowest in a 3-step alert system, was raised at 11 a.m. over Metro Manila and Calabarzon, the towns of Hagonoy and Bulacan in Bulacan province; and Lubao, Sasmuan and Masantol in Pampanga, PAGASA said, adding that flooding was possible in low-lying areas.
Signal number 1 was raised over Batanes, and the northern portions of Apayao, Ilocos Norte, and Cagayan including the Babuyan island. These areas may be whipped by 30 to 60 kph winds in the next 36 hours, said PAGASA.
Henry is expected to make landfall in northern Cagayan late Monday. It may leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Tuesday morning, said Peñaranda.
The habagat, however, will continue bringing rains over the western section of Luzon until the weekend, he said.
Two to 4 storms are expected to enter the country in July, PAGASA said earlier. Last week, Typhoon Gardo brought heavy rains to the western sections of Luzon and Visayas.
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