Tropical depression “Josie” is now on its way out of the country but will remain to cause southwest monsoon or habagat rains over the western sections of Luzon and Visayas this Monday.
According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin, Josie was already traversing the Bashi Channel on its way outside the country’s area of responsibility before Sunday noon.
Its location was estimated at 170 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes, packing maximum sustained winds of 60 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 75 kph.
Josie is forecast to move north-northeast at 25 kph and will be outside the country’s area of responsibility by Monday afternoon or evening, Bulquerin said.
Signal No. 1 remains hoisted over Batanes and Babuyan group of islands around Sunday noon. These areas will continue to experience occasional rains with gusty winds.
Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon will bring scattered to widespread monsoon rains over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, rest of Cagayan Valley, Western Visayas, Cavite, Batangas, Rizal, Laguna, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, and northern Palawan including Calamian group of islands.
It reminded the public, especially those living near river channels, and in low-lying and mountainous areas to be on alert for possible flash flood or landslide. (Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz)
News Source: Manila Bulletin