From Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The tropical cyclone & # 39; Soulik & # 39; has been further intensified to a typhoon and the southwest monsoon or & # 39; habagat & # 39; that affects the western part of Luzon, continue to strengthen.
Before Tuesday afternoon, the board of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) estimated Soulik's location at 1300 kilometers (km) northeast of the extreme north of Luzon.
It is still not expected to enter the area of responsibility of the Philippines, as it is still moving to the northwest.
PAGASA said that Soulik will continue to improve the habagat which occasionally can cause moderate to heavy rainfall over Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Babuyan Islands and Batanes.
Residents live near river channels, low-lying and mountainous areas must take appropriate measures against possible flooding and landslides, PAGASA said.
The habagat will also bring cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Southern Luzon.
Meanwhile, the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
PAGASA advised seafarers that strong to stormy winds over the extreme north of Luzon will cause rough seas, while moderate to strong seas will prevail due to habagat over the rest of Luzon.
Meanwhile, the coastlines in Visayas and Mindanao will be mild to moderate.
PAGASA weather specialist Chris Perez said that they are monitoring another tropical cyclone with the international name # Cimaron & # 39 ;.
The location was estimated at 2,595 kilometers east of the extreme north of Luzon at the beginning of Tuesday.
Perez said that Cimaron has a small chance to enter the country's responsibility, but can improve the habagat in the next few days.