MANILA (UPDATE)—State weather bureau PAGASA said early Thursday that tropical storm Falcon, a low-pressure area (LPA) brewing west of the country and the prevailing southwest monsoon or habagat will bring rain showers in parts of the country.
Weather specialist Ariel Rojas said the tropical cyclone, which is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Friday night, was last spotted 230 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes.
Batanes is still under tropical cyclone wind signal no. 2 while signal no. 1 remains in effect in Babuyan Group of Islands.
Rojas said Falcon has maintained its strength, packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph), with gusts of up to 80 kph.
Meanwhile, as of 4 a.m. Thursday, the LPA was located 265 kilometers west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur.
The brewing storm may develop into a tropical cyclone in the next few days and will be named Goreng.
Rojas said the 2 weather systems will enhance the prevailing southwest monsoon, which will also bring rains in Ilocos Region, Cordillera, Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Mimaropa.
Weather forecast showed that moderate to heavy rains will be experienced over Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, and Romblon on Thursday, July. 18.
Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.
PAGASA warned residents at risk of flooding and landslides to take precautionary measures, coordinate with their respective local disaster risk reduction and management offices and monitor weather updates.