MANILA (UPDATE) – Typhoon Liwayway slowed as it traversed the Philippine Sea on Wednesday, the state weather bureau said.
As of 3 p.m., Liwayway was last seen 420 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes, moving northeast at 10 kms per hour and packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kph and gusts of up to 170 kph.
PAGASA weather forecaster Ana Clauren said the typhoon has no direct effect on the country but is still enhancing the southwest monsoon or habagat, which brings rains.
The country’s 12th storm this year is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday.
PAGASA said it was also monitoring a low pressure area spotted 860 kms east northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. It will be named “Marilyn” once it intensifies into a storm.
Liwayway will continue to bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Batanes and Babuyan Islands, the weather bureau said.
Monsoon rains will also prevail over the Ilocos region, Cordillera Administrative region and the rest of Cagayan Valley.
PAGASA advised residents of these areas to take precautionary measures, coordinate with local disaster offices and monitor the next weather update.
The agency also warned that sea travel remains risky over the northern and western seaboards of Luzon due to potentially rough sea conditions.
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