MANILA (UPDATE)—Wet weather is expected across Philippines Friday as tropical depression Marilyn enhances the southwest monsoon or habagat, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
The combined effects of Marilyn and southwest monsoon will bring moderate to intermittent heavy rains over Aurora, Palawan, Western Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula, weather specialist Ariel Rojas said.
Metro Manila, Bangsamoro, Northern Mindanao, Soccsksargen, and the rest of Luzon and Visayas will have light to moderate rains and occasional heavy rain showers.
Rojas warned of possible landslides and flash floods in the affected areas.
As of 4 a.m. Friday, the center of the tropical depression was located 1,060 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.
Moving northwest at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour (kph), Marilyn maintained its strength of 55 kph maximum sustained winds and gusts of up to 70 kph.
Based on the latest forecast track, the tropical depression is unlikely to hit land and set to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Sunday, Sept. 15.
Sea travel remains risky, especially for small seacraft, over the central and eastern seaboards of Visayas and the seaboards of Mindanao due to rough seas.
Several provinces also canceled classes Friday due to the inclement weather.
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