MANILA, Philippines – Metro Manila and major parts of Luzon are experiencing heavy rains due to the southwest monsoon being enhanced by two tropical cyclones present near the country.
Based on the latest weather report by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Typhoon Fabian which is currently within the east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes may not directly bring heavy rains to the country.
But its impact, combined with tropical storm Cempaka estimated at 1,030 km west of extreme Northern Luzon is bringing monsoon rains specifically over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, and the northern portion of Palawan (including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands) and Metro Manila.
Nevertheless, no tropical cyclone wind signal is currently in effect in any parts of the country.
PAGASA explained that due to the uncertainty in the track forecast of Typhoon Fabian, the hoisting of Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1 over Batanes and Babuyan Islands remains a possibility.
Residents and disaster managers in Batanes and Babuyan Islands are advised to continuously monitor the tropical cyclone bulletins.
Meanwhile, rough to very rough seas with waves from 2.5m to 4.5 m will be experienced over the seaboards of Batanes and Babuyan Islands, and the western seaboard of Palawan (including Kalayaan and Calamian Islands) and Occidental Mindoro (including Lubang Islands) in the next 24 hours.
Moderate to rough seas with waves up to 1.5m to 3.0m will also prevail over the eastern and the rest of the northern and western seaboards of Luzon.
Thus, sea travel is risky for small seacrafts over these waters. Mariners without the proper experience should immediately seek safe harbor.
On the forecast track, PAGASA said Typhoon Fabian is expected to pass close or make landfall in the vicinity of Yaeyama, Miyako, and Senkaku Islands of the Ryukyu Archipelago on Friday before exiting the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday (24 July) morning.