'Liwayway' stirs monsoon rains

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 02 2019 08:20 AM | Updated as of Sep 02 2019 08:30 AM

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MANILA — Tropical depression Liwayway is enhancing the habagat or southwest monsoon and will bring rains over vast swaths of the country on Monday, the state weather bureau said. 

Liwayway was 450 kilometers east of Daet, Camarines Norte at 3 a.m., packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour and 70 kph gusts, said PAGASA weather specialist Raymond Ordinario. 

The storm's trough or extension will bring occasional heavy rains that may spawn floods and landslides in Bicol Region, Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga, warned PAGASA. 

Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan meanwhile will experience cloudy skies with scattered rains due to the habagat enhanced by Liwayway, said Ordinario. 
 
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience fair weather that may be marred by localized thunderstorms, he said. 

However, Metro Manila may start experiencing more frequent rains on Wednesday as Liwayway moves closer to the eastern part of Luzon, added Ordinario. 

The country's 12th storm this year is unlikely to directly hit land, he said. 

Liwayway comes after tropical depression Kabayan which left the Philippine area of responsibility on Sunday, the same day it intensified into a cyclone from a low pressure area, Ordinario said. 

Kabayan on Monday morning was swirling over the West Philippine Sea and heading towards Vietnam, he told radio DZMM. 

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