Sarah weakens into tropical depression as it nears PAR exit


Posted at Nov 23 2019 05:47 AM


MANILA—Tropical cyclone Sarah weakened into a tropical depression early Saturday as it continued its way out of the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), state weather bureau PAGASA said.

The tropical cyclone is now packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph), with gusts of up to 70 kph.

Moving north slowly, Sarah is forecast to exit PAR in the next 6 hours, PAGASA said.

It was last seen at 700 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes or at the northern boundary of PAR as of 4 a.m.

PAGASA said Sarah could also weaken into a low-pressure area (LPA) before it leaves the country.

Gale warnings across all seaboards of the country were terminated due to the weakening of the northeast monsoon or amihan.

The northeast monsoon, however, will bring cloudy skies with isolated rains over Aurora and Quezon.

Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley may also experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains.

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