September 14, 2019
Rains continued to pour over most parts of the country as Tropical Depression “Marilyn” slowed down and enhanced the southwest monsoon or habagat on Friday, the state-run weather bureau said.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) last spotted Marilyn at 1,045 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes. It has maintained its strength, carrying maximum sustained winds 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center with gustiness of up to 70 kph. It was moving northwest and has slowed down at 10 kph from its 20-kph speed earlier.
Pagasa weather specialist Loriedin de la Cruz said Marilyn could exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday, but would likely reenter the country on Wednesday next week.
In the next 24 hours, frequent light to moderate with occasional heavy rains are expected over Palawan, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Meanwhile, light to moderate rains with occasional heavy rainshowers during thunderstorms will be experienced over Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, Northern Mindanao, Soccsksargen, Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and the rest of the Visayas.
Calabarzon refers to the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon; while Soccsksargen is composed of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City.
Gale warning remained up over eastern and central Visayas, as well as most of Mindanao, where small fishing vessels were prohibited from venturing out. These areas include northern Samar, eastern Samar, southern Leyte, Siquijor, Zamboanga del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Siargao, Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental, and the southern coasts of Bohol and Negros Occidental.
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