The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised a gale warning over the western seaboards of Palawan, including Calamian and Kalayaan islands due to the enhanced monsoon wind.

PAGASA weather specialist Aldczar Aurelio said Friday morning in a weather forecast that the southwest monsoon is affecting central Luzon, southern Luzon, and Visayas due to the enhancement of two weather systems.

Aurelio said the enhancement of the monsoon will bring occasional gusts reaching strong breeze to near gale in strength over the coastal and upland or mountain areas of the western section of central Luzon, southern Luzon, and Visayas in the next 24 hours. Moderate risk of storm surge reaching 1.0 to 2.0 meters in height may also occur in the next 48 hours.

“Makakaranas ng monsoon rains o may mga mahihina hanggang sa katamtaman hanggang sa kung minsan ay may malalakas na pag-ulan sa western section ng central Luzon, southern Luzon, at Visayas within the next 24 hours,” he said.

“Automatic ay hindi puwede pumalaot ang ating mga kababayan sa mga lugar na ito dahil ang taas ng alon ay aabot ng hanggang four meters so delikado para sa ating mga kababayan,” he added.

Severe tropical storm Jolina, meanwhile, has left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and is no longer expected to have a direct impact on the country’s landmass, while typhoon Kiko is approaching northern Luzon, according Aurelio.

He said Kiko was located 280 kilometers east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora and has persistent winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) with gustiness of up to 230 kilometers per hour (kph).

“Malakas pa rin itong hangin na dala ng bagyo at nandyan pa rin ang banta nito na kayang patumbahin ang poste at paliparin itong bubong sa ganitong lakas ng hangin na umaabot ng 185 kilometers per hour,” he said.

Kiko is heading west-northwest at 20 kilometers per hour. Its core is expected to hit the Batanes region or the coastal seas of Calayan, Cagayan on September 11, he added. It will depart PAR on September 13 at 535 kilometers north of Itbayat, Batanes.

The possibility of landfall over the northeastern portion of Cagayan is not yet ruled out, he added.

“Mula ngayon hanggang sa paglabas ng PAR, si bayong Kiko, napanatili niya ang typhoon category,” Aurelio said.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3 is raised over the extreme northeastern portion of Cagayan, while TCWS No. 2 is raised over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, the remaining portion of Cagayan, northeastern portion of Isabela.

TCWS No. 1 is raised over the rest of Cagayan, northeastern portion of Ilocos Norte, Apayao, the eastern portion of Kalinga, northwestern and southeastern portion of Isabela, eastern portion of Aurora.

“Inaasahan na tutumbukin ang extreme northern Luzon na marami pa na mga lugar sa northern Luzon na mapapasailalim sa tropical cyclone wind signal. Ang pinakamataas na signal na ating maho-hoist ay tropical cyclone wind signal no. 4,” he said.

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