PAGASA says that Luis will leave the Philippine responsibility zone on Friday evening, 24 August or Saturday morning 25 August
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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical depression Luis continued to improve the southwest monsoon hanging habagat on Friday afternoon, August 24, hours before the exit from the Philippine responsibility zone (PAR).
In a bulletin issued at 4 p.m. on Friday, the Philippine governing body for atmospheric, geophysical and astronomical services (PAGASA) said that Luis still has maximum winds of 45 kilometers per hour (km / h) and agility up to 65 km / h.
The tropical depression is now located 505 kilometers northwest of Basco, Batanes, in a northerly direction with a slightly faster 10 km / h from the previous 7 km / h.
Based on his latest prediction process, Luis PAR will leave on Friday evening or Saturday morning 25 August.
Luis landed earlier on Thursday, August 23 in Taiwan. Given the proximity of the Philippines, Taiwan is in PAR – the area controlled by the World Meteorological Organization for PAGASA. Weather disturbances within PAR have a direct or indirect impact on the Philippines.
In the case of Luis it is not expected that it will directly affect any part of the country, so there are no areas under warning signs of tropical cyclone. But as PAGASA said, Luis improves the southwest monsoon.
On Saturday there will still be moderate to heavy monsoon rains in the Ilocos region, the Cordillera administrative region, Zambales, Bataan, Batanes and the Babuyan archipelago.
Residents of those areas must remain alert to possible flooding and landslides. (READ: QUICK FACTS: tropical cyclones, rain advices)
The rest of the country, unaffected by the southwestern monsoon, will only have local thunderstorms on Saturday. But flooding and landslides are also possible when the rain gets heavy.
A storm warning was also issued Friday at 17.00 for Batanes, the Babuyan Group of Islands, the north coast of Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, the east coast of Cagayan, Isabela and Aurora.
This means that seas of these areas are rough to very rough, with wave heights of 2.6 to 4.5 meters.
Fishermen and others with small vessels were advised not to sail in areas under the storm windows. Larger ships have to watch out for large waves.
Meanwhile PAGASA continues to follow a low-pressure area (LPA) that is located 1,055 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.
This LPA has a small chance to develop into a tropical depression in the next 24 to 48 hours. If it becomes a tropical depression, it would be called Maymay. (READ: LIST: PAGASA & # 39; s names for tropical cyclones in 2018)
Luis is the 12th tropical cyclone of the Philippines for 2018. The Philippines receive an average of 20 tropical cyclones per year.
PAGASA declared the start of the rainy season last June 8th. – Rappler.com