MANILA—Severe tropical storm Nimfa exited the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) early Saturday, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
But rains will persist in vast swathes of Luzon, including Metro Manila, due to the southwest monsoon or habagat, weather specialist Meno Mendoza said.
Nimfa (international name Tapah) left PAR at 2 a.m. and was last spotted 690 kilometers extreme northeast of Luzon.
As it heads towards South Korea, the weather disturbance intensified further, packing maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 135 kph.
Meanwhile, the habagat will continue to bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila and Central and southern Luzon.
The monsoon rains may spawn floods or landslides in the affected areas, PAGASA warned.
Sea travel is also risky, especially for small seacrafts, over the seaboards of northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Central and southern Luzon due to rough sea conditions.
The Visayas and Mindanao will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
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