Severe Tropical Storm Liwayway (international name Lingling) kept getting stronger as it is rushing over the Philippine Sea yesterday, bringing heavy rains and strong winds over utmost Northern Luzon.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), as of 5 P.M. yesterday, the tropical cyclone wind signal No. 1 remained hovering over Batanes.
Although the residents of Batanes were told that the storm remained unlikely to fall, PAGASA warned them of possible strong winds.
The weather bureau said that Batanes and Babuyan Islands would more likely have light to moderate with intermittent heavy rain this afternoon.
Ilocos region, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), northern portions of Palawan, including Calamian Islands, Mindoro provinces and the rest of the Cordilleras would have scattered light to moderate rains to intermittent heavy rains due to the southwest monsoon (Habagat) that is being intensified by the storm.
Liwayway over the week
Batanes and Babuyan Islands will still experience the trough or extension of Liwayway and the southwest monsoon until tomorrow afternoon with light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains.
Due to southwest monsoon, however, Ilocos, Bataan and Zambales will be experiencing light to moderate rains until Friday.
The estimated center of the storm as of 4 P.M. was at 225 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes having winds of 110 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and precipitation of up to 135 kph.
It was moving north toward Taiwan at a speed of 15 kph and expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) between tonight and tomorrow afternoon.
PAGASA reiterated that the sea conditions in the seaboards of Luzon, including Batanes would be rough.
Its weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio warned people that Liwayway will intensify into a typhoon before it exits the country tomorrow.
At the same time, a new low-pressure area (LPA) was spotted yesterday at 4 P.M. in the east of Mindanao at 1,375 kilometers.
However, Aurelio said that the LPA has no direct effect on the country yet.
It is expected to enter PAR tomorrow afternoon.
Davao and Caraga regions are expected to be experiencing rains beginning tomorrow until Friday, according to the weather system.
Aurelio also added that due to thunderstorms, the rest of the country will generally have fair weather apart from isolated rains.