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MANILA- More habagat (southwest monsoon) rains will affect Ilocos and Central Luzon even if Typhoon Jose won’t make landfall in the Philippines, state weather bureau of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Monday.

According to PAGASA, “Jose” was last spotted 1,120 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora, moving west-northwest at 11 kilometers per hour. Typhoon Jose (International name Halong) strengthened into a super typhoon and it would continue to enhance the southwest monsoon which would dump rains over the western section of the country, including Metro Manila, in the next three days.

It was last spotted in Tuguegarao City as of 10 p.m. Monday, 780 kilometers east. It has maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 200 kph.

Though no public storm warning signals have been raised, state weather forecasters in PAGASA warned residents of Ilocos and Central Luzon against possible flashfloods and landslides due to monsoon rains.

The US’ Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) has raised Jose into a super typhoon, which is equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The typhoon is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility Thursday and is expected to enter southern Japan this weekend.

Typhoon Jose is the strongest cyclone to hit the country this year.

Dessa Mae Castro
LNU ABCom Intern

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