Habagat rains to persist as Josie leaves; new storm brews

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 23 2018 07:49 AM | Updated as of Jul 24 2019 12:22 PM

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MANILA - (2nd UPDATE) Tropical Depression Josie has left the Philippine area of responsibility, but will continue stirring the habagat, which will dump rains over Luzon and Visayas on Monday, the state weather bureau said. 

At the same time, a low pressure area is gathering strength off the eastern coast and may develop into a storm within 48 hours, PAGASA added. 

Over the weekend, Josie enhanced the habagat or southwest monsoon, triggering rains that left some areas in a state of calamity and prompted the cancellation of classes in several others. 

The tropical depression will stir the habagat until Tuesday, PAGASA meteorologist Shiela Reyes told radio DZMM. 
 
Widespread monsoon rains are expected over Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro, Palawan, and Western Visayas, said PAGASA. 

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Visayas, it said, will experience occasional rains, also due to the habagat. 
 
An orange rainfall warning, the second highest in a 3-step alert, was raised at 8 a.m. over Occidental Mindoro and northern Palawan, which means floods are threatening and may enter houses, said PAGASA. 
 
Josie was 585 kilometers north northeast of Basco, Batanes, packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour and 65 kph gusts, PAGASA said. 

The brewing storm, meanwhile, was 1,495 kilometers east of Central Luzon, the weather agency added. 

The low pressure area may intensify into a storm in next 48 hours and will be named Karding. It has yet to affect the country but will strengthen the LPA in the next 2 days, said Reyes. 

Karding will be the fifth storm to hit the country this month, after tropical cyclones Gardo, Henry, Inday, and Josie inundated large swaths of Luzon and Visayas. 

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