By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Severe tropical storm “Emong” has departed from the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), but will continue to enhance the “habagat” or southwest monsoon.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), estimated the location of Emong at 570 kilometers north-northeast of Basco, Batanes, beyond the country’s area of responsibility, around 4 a.m. yesterday.
Emong was packing maximum winds of 90 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 115 kph. It continued to move north-northwest at 30 kph.
PAGASA said cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms brought about by the enhancement of the habagat may affect Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Zambales, and Bataan.
Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.
PAGASA said moderate to strong winds coming from the southwest to south will prevail over Northern Luzon and eastern section of Central and Southern Luzon, of Visayas and of Mindanao today.