Expect monsoon rains even as Hanna leaves Philippine area


Posted at Sep 04 2023 09:40 AM | Updated as of Sep 04 2023 01:16 PM

PAGASA photo
PAGASA photo

MANILA (UPDATED) — Typhoon Hanna left the Philippine area of responsibility on Monday morning but it would continue to enhance monsoon rains over parts of Luzon in the next 3 days, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

Hanna was spotted 360 kilometers northwest of Itbayat, Batanes at 10 a.m., packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour and up to 165 kph gusts.

Rainy weather persisted in vast swaths of Luzon even as Hanna was on its way out of the Philippine area, which prompted class suspensions and flight cancellations. 

Thousands of people remained in evacuation shelters Monday due to the continued rains, said the country's disaster agency. 

It also reported 2 fatalities and one missing following the onslaught of Typhoons Goring and Hanna as well as the southwest monsoon. 

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Taiwan woke up Monday to toppled trees, floods, and persistent rainfall after Typhoon Haikui (called Hanna in the Philippines) made landfall on the island and swept overnight across its central mountain ranges.

It had initially appeared to leave the island, but made a second landfall early Monday morning in southwestern Kaohsiung, before it was downgraded to a severe tropical storm.

There were no reports of deaths, but destruction was seen in coastal Taitung, a mountainous county in lesser-populated eastern Taiwan where the storm directly hit the day before.

PAGASA said Haikui would slowly move west-northwestward over the Taiwan Strait while gradually weakening. 

The cyclone is forecast to hit land over the coast of Guangdong or Fujian, China on Tuesday morning or afternoon as a severe tropical storm, it added.

— with a report from Agence France-Presse