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Falcon in; Hanging habagat soaks PH

“Egay” may have left the boundary but the rains are not over yet. That’s because a typhoon with international name “Chan-Hom” has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Tuesday evening. It was given the local name “Falcon,” the sixth tropical cyclone to enter the boundary this year. At 10:00 AM today, the eye of the typhoon was located at 1,250 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan.

Packing winds of 130 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 160 kilometers per hour, it is expected to move west-northwest at 20 kilometers per hour. The said typhoon has a slim chance of hitting the land but will cause the surge of habagat. If it maintains speed and direction, Falcon will possibly exit the PAR by Friday.

While Egay continues to move further away from the PAR, it enhances the habagat, bringing rains over the western section of Luzon and Visayas. PAGASA Weather Specialist Rene Paciente says Falcon will trigger the same wind system in the latter part of the day. Thus, a rainy Wednesday is expected.

Monsoon rains will be dumped over the provinces of Mindoro, Palawan, Bataan and Zambales. Residents are still alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Light to moderate rains are expected over Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Cordillera and Western Visayas, while the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with chances of isolated thunderstorms.

Associated with habagat, rough to very rough sea conditions are expected in the entire seaboards of Luzon. Wind force will range from 52 to 63 kilometers per hour, resulting to wave height ranging from 3.4 to 4.5 meters. Fishing boats and other small seacraft are prohibited to sail while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves.