MANILA - Tropical storm Falcon and a brewing storm will enhance the habagat or southwest monsoon, which will bring occasionally heavy rains over large swaths of the country, state weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday.
PAGASA weather forecaster Ezra Bulquerin said Falcon has slightly intensified, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour and 90 kph gusts as of 10 a.m.
Last spotted 385 kilometers north northeast of Basco, Batanes, the storm will leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday night if it continues moving northward at 20 kph, he said.
A low pressure area or brewing storm, meanwhile, was 250 kilometers west northwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur at 4 a.m., Bulquerin said.
It will strengthen into a tropical depression in 48 hours, he said.
Falcon and the LPA will stir monsoon rains over western sections of the country, PAGASA earlier said.
Moderate to at times heavy rains may trigger floods and landslides in Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, and northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, warned Bulquerin.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, he added, will experience light to moderate to at times heavy rains.
Storm signal no. 1 remains hoisted over the northernmost province of Batanes, which may be whipped by 30 to 60 kph winds in 36 hours, Bulquerin said.
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