Tropical storm “Leon” (international name: “Noul”) continues to enhance the southwest monsoon or “habagat” while over the West Philippine Sea on Wednesday, the state weather bureau said.

leon 1024x740 - Wind gusts, rains as TS ‘Leon’ enhances ‘habagat’

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of storm “Leon” at 330 kilometers (km) west-northwest of Coron, Palawan at around 10 a.m. It has maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

It no longer directly affects the country but it enhances the “habagat,” causing wind gusts and rains of varying degrees mostly over the western part of the country.

Strong winds from time to time may be felt in Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Iloilo, Capiz, Antique, and Aklan.

The “habagat” may also bring moderate to heavy rains over Aurora, Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, and Kalayaan Islands, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Iloilo, Capiz, Antique, and Aklan.

Light to moderate, with at times heavy rains, will also prevail over the eastern part of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Marinduque, Romblon, Mindanao, and the rest of Visayas.

PAGASA warned that flooding and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.

A gale warning is also in effect over the western seaboards of Palawan including Kalayaan Islands, Occidental Mindoro, Batangas, and Pangasinan, and the entire coastlines of Zambales due to rough to very rough seas with waves reaching 2.5 to 4.5 meters.

Fisherfolk and those using small boats should not risk sailing into these areas.

Meanwhile, moderate to rough seas with waves reaching 1.2 to 3.1 meters will prevail over the seaboards of the rest of the country. Those using small seacrafts are advised to take precaution when venturing out to sea, PAGASA said.

Storm “Leon” will continue to move west-northwest until it exits from the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Thursday morning, it added.

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