More rains can be expected in Palawan as Tropical Storm (TS) Hanna intensified into a typhoon early Wednesday morning while it moves closer to Basco, Batanes, packing maximum winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Hanna was located 625 kilometers east of Batanes at the northernmost tip of Luzon.

Weather specialist Meno Mendoza said that aside from Hanna, they are also monitoring another weather system inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), but it is less likely to develop into a tropical depression.

He said this low-pressure area (LPA) is located 279 kilometers east of Dagupan City.

The southwest monsoon or habagat is also continuously affecting several areas in Luzon and Visayas.

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“Ngayong araw ay inaasahan pa rin ang katamtaman hanggang sa malakas na pag-ulan na dulot ng habagat sa Palawan kasama ang Calamian at Cuyo,” Mendoza said.

Southwest monsoon rains, he said, will also be experienced in Mindoro provinces, Romblon, Zambales, Bataan, Aklan, and Antique.

The seaboard of Palawan will still be under the gale warning advisory with waves reaching 2.8 to 4.5 meters.

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