Typhoon Kiko has left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), but continues to strengthen the southwest monsoon, bringing rain showers to a wide part of Luzon.

Ariel Rojas, weather specialist with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said Monday morning that Kiko is moving northward at 20 kilometers per hour (kph).

It was located 790 kilometers from Itbayat, Batanes, as of 3 a.m., with maximum sustained winds of 155 kph and gustiness of up to 190 kph.

“Dahil pa rin sa epekto ng habagat, makararanas ng makulimlim na kalangitan na may kalat-kalat na pag-ulan at pagkidlat, pagkulog sa Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Region, Abra, Benguet, Zambales, Bataan at MIMAROPA. May okasyon na malakas ang pagbuhos ng ulan at posible ‘yan [na] magdulot ng pagbaha at pagguho ng lupa dahil ilang araw na rin inuulan ang mga nabanggit na lugar,” he said.

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No tropical cyclones are expected to develop in the next two to three days inside and outside PAR but a low-pressure area (LPA) is expected to occur at the eastern Visayas and Mindanao within two to three days.

Meanwhile, the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is affecting the southern part of Mindanao.

PAGASA raised a gale warning over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan due to intensified southwest monsoon.

“Sa ibang bahagi ng ating mga karagatan, pwede na maglayag ang ating mga kababayan. Ibayong ingat lamang,” he said.

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