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Severe Tropical Storm Betty leaves PAR, but more monsoon rains are expected

PAGASA warns that monsoon rains may cause flooding and landslides in Occidental Mindoro, Antique and the northern part of Palawan

MANILA, Philippines – Severe Tropical Storm Betty (Mawar) moved out of the Philippine Area of ​​Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday afternoon, June 1, but the southwest monsoon o habagat It is expected to bring more rain in some parts of the country.

Betty was already 685 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes, since 4 in the afternoon this Thursday. The severe tropical storm is moving northeast at 15 km/h, slightly faster than the previous 10 km/h.

Outside of PAR, Betty may make landfall or pass very close to the Japanese island of Okinawa on Thursday night or early morning on Friday, June 2, according to PAGASA.

Betty weakened again as it moved out of PAR, and its maximum sustained winds decreased from 100 km/h to 95 km/h. Her gust went down from 125 km / h to 115 km / h.

Betty may also weaken further “due to the lower sea surface temperature surrounding the Ryukyu Islands” in Japan. It could be downgraded to a tropical storm on or before Saturday, June 3.

Betty’s departure came more than five days after it entered PAR as a super typhoon on Saturday, May 27. Prior to her entry, she had reached a peak intensity of 215 km/h.

It was the country’s second tropical cyclone of 2023 and the first super typhoon of the year.

Betty did not make landfall in the Philippines, but still brought heavy rain and strong winds to northern Luzon. Signal No. 2 was the highest tropical cyclone wind signal generated by Betty.

Since Betty is already out of PAR, the southwest monsoon “will become the predominant rainfall system in the country.”

PAGASA warned that monsoon rains may cause flooding and landslides in Occidental Mindoro, Antique and the northern part of Palawan, including the islands of Cuyo, Calamian and Kalayaan.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms could also hit Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol, Batanes, the rest of Mimaropa and the rest of the Visayas.

The rest of the Cagayan Valley, as well as Mindanao, could also see isolated showers or thunderstorms.

The southwest monsoon will also bring occasional to frequent gusts to the northern part of Cagayan, including the Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Bicol, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Samar North and the northern part of Samar.

Still due to the southwest monsoon, another gale warning was issued at 5pm Thursday, covering these coastlines:

  • North coast of northern Luzon (Batanes, Babuyan Islands): rough to very rough seas, with waves from 3.1 to 5 meters high
  • other coasts of north Luzon and east coast of Luzon: rough to very rough seas, with waves 3.1 to 4.5 meters high

The weather office advised small boats not to sail and larger boats to be alert for big waves. –Rappler.com

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