MANILA - A storm off Luzon's northern tip is unlikely to enter the Philippines, but the habagat or southwest monsoon will continue dumping rains over large swaths of the country on Monday, the state weather bureau said.
The habagat, enhanced by tropical storm Karding, brought heavy flooding to Metro Manila and nearby areas over the weekend, sending thousands to evacuation centers.
Karding has left the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), but will continue to stir monsoon rains that may trigger floods and landslides in Metro Manila, Ilocos, Cordillera, Central Luzon and Calabarzon regions and Mindoro provinces, said PAGASA.
A yellow rainfall warning, the first in a 3-step alert, was raised at 6 a.m. by PAGASA over Metro Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Zambales, Bataan and parts of Batangas, including the towns of Tuy, Nasugbu, Lian, Calatagan, Calaca, Lemery and Laurel.
Floods may hit low-lying areas there, said the weather agency.
Tropical storm Leepi, meanwhile, was last spotted 1,965 kilometers northeast of extreme northern Luzon, packing top sustained winds of 80 kilometers and 95 kph gusts. It is not expected to enter PAR, said PAGASA meteorologist Meno Mendoza.
Karding, on the other hand, was 960 kilometers north of Northern Luzon, packing 75 kph top sustained winds and 120 kph gusts, Mendoza told radio DZMM.
The monsoon rains may persist until Thursday, he said.
The bad weather has forced the cancellation of Monday's classes in some areas.
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