Monsoon rains to persist as Hanna exits PAR


Posted at Aug 09 2019 12:48 AM | Updated as of Aug 09 2019 06:01 AM

MANILA (2nd UPDATE)—Monsoon rains will still be experienced over parts of Luzon and Visayas on Friday even as typhoon Hanna left the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

State weather bureau PAGASA said the typhoon exited PAR at 12:30 a.m. Friday, but it will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon or habagat.

Monsoon rains to persist as Hanna exits PAR 1

As of 4 a.m. Friday, Hanna with international name Lekima was located 645 kilometers north-northeast of Basco, Batanes. It packs maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (kph), with gusts of up to 215 kph.

PAGASA is also monitoring typhoon Krosa spotted 1,990 kilometers east of extreme northern Luzon. It is moving slowly and packs maximum sustained winds of 155 kph, with gusts of up to 190 kph.

"There's no other weather disturbance seen in the next 3 to 5 days," weather specialist Ariel Rojas said.

Moderate to heavy monsoon rains will be experienced over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro and northern portions of Palawan, including Calamian Islands.

Light to moderate with intermittent heavy monsoon rains will prevail over Metro Manila, Western Visayas, and the rest of Calabarzon, Central Luzon and Mimaropa.

Gusty conditions will also continue over most of Luzon and Visayas. Sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas, and the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao due to potentially roughs seas.

Bad weather forced the cancelation of classes in parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, and the Visayas.

Hanna is now moving towards Ryukyu Islands in Japan at 20 kph.

Authorities in Taiwan have ordered markets, businesses and schools to close on Friday as a super typhoon approaches the island, forcing flight cancellations and landslide warnings shortly after an earthquake of magnitude 6 struck.—With a report from Reuters