The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is keeping watch over two tropical storms outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) but said that these have not yet affected the local weather condition.

Ezra Bulquerin, weather specialist, said that the tropical storms are Huaning which was located at 980 kilometers (km) north northeast of Itbayat, Batanes, and tropical storm Mirinae located at 2, 235 km northeast of extreme northern Luzon.

“Kumikilos ito papalayo ng Philippine Area of Responsibility at walang direktang epekto sa alin man bahagi ng ating bansa,” he said.

The tropical storm Huaning with the international name Lupit entered PAR on Saturday, August 7, and left the country’s area of responsibility, only six hours after its entry at 5 am.

The southwest monsoon or habagat is continuously affecting the country wherein scattered rains will be expected over the northern Luzon area.

PAGASA raised a gale warning over waters of Batanes, Babuyan islands, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur. Sea conditions are rough to very rough from 2.8 to 4.5 meters of wave height.

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