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Kiko exits Philippine Area of Responsibility; Signal No. 1 still up over Batanes


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Typhoon Kiko (international name: Chanthu) exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday afternoon, but Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 remains hoisted over Batanes, PAGASA said.

Kiko left PAR at 1:10 p.m., according to PAGASA weather forecaster Shiela Reyes in an interview on Super Radyo dzBB.

The typhoon has maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center and gustiness of 215 km/h.

It is moving north northeastward at 20 km/h.

Batanes will still feel the gusts of wind from the typhoon, as well as heavy to intense and at times torrential rains.

Babuyan Islands on the other hand will experience moderate to heavy rains.

As the typhoon continues to enhance the Southwest Monsoon, the Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and the western section of Central Luzon including Zambales and Bataan will experience moderate to heavy and at times intense rains.

PAGASA warned of possible flooding and landslides in the above mentioned areas.

Meanwhile, in Metro Manila, scattered rain showers are to be expected in the afternoon to evening and in the pre-dawn hours.

As Chanthu continues to move farther, its effect on the Southwest Monsoon over the National Capital Region will be weaker.

Reyes said within 24 hours, NCR may possibly have cloudy instead of rainy conditions.

On Tuesday, the public may expect improving weather in NCR down to Southern Luzon, with possible rains over the eastern section of Northern and Central Luzon.

PAGASA said no other tropical cyclone is being monitored at the moment. —KG, GMA News

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