7

'Jose' intensifies effects of habagat

Posted at 08/03/2014 6:23 PM
Image courtesy of DOST PAGASA.

MANILA -- Typhoon "Jose" continues to affect the northern part of the country, intensifying the effects of the southwest monsoon affecting Luzon, state weather bureau PAGASA said Sunday afternoon.

"Jose" was spotted 1,020 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora as of 4 p.m. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 230 kph.

PAGASA said the typhoon is expected to move west northwest at 11 kph.

Although it does not have any direct effect on the country, "Jose" is triggering monsoon rains.

PAGASA said Ilocos region and Central Luzon will experience monsoon rains, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have occasional rains.

Visayas and Caraga region will have cloudy skies and light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, the rest of Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rains and thunderstorms.

According to weather forecaster Jori Loiz, "Jose" is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday morning.

They are also monitoring some cloud clusters outside the PAR, which may continue to bring rains to the country.