Weaker 'Jose' still enhancing monsoon rains

Posted at 08/04/2014 12:55 PM | Updated as of 08/04/2014 7:30 PM
PAGASA MTSAT image as of 12 p.m., 4 August 2014. Image courtesy of PAGASA

MANILA – Typhoon ''Jose'' (international name ''Halong'') slightly weakened, but state weather bureau PAGASA said it will still trigger monsoon rains over parts of Luzon.

PAGASA said Jose was spotted 880 kilometers east southeast of Aparri, Cagayan as of 10 a.m. Monday.

The typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 220 kph. It slightly picked up speed and is now moving northwest at 15 kph.

PAGASA said Jose will be 840 kms east northeast of Aparri, Cagayan on Tuesday morning; 810 kms east northeast of Basco, Batanes on Wednesday morning; and 250 kms east of Okinawa, Japan on Thursday morning.

An estimated rainfall amount of 10 to 25 mm per hour (heavy-intense) is expected within the typhoon's 650-km diameter.

PAGASA said although the typhoon is not yet affecting any part of the country, it will enhance the southwest monsoon, triggering rains in Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, CALABARZON and MIMAROPA.

Fishermen are advised not to venture out into the northern and western seaboards of Luzon and the eastern seaboard of southern Luzon.