EXPECT more rains.
State weather forecasters warned the public, particularly in the Luzon and Visayas area, to prepare to be drenched for a longer time as Typhoon Falcon (international name: Khanun) further intensified on Monday as it moved north northwestward over the Philippine Sea.
While it is not going to make any landfall, the typhoon continued to pull the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat), which is now causing occasional to monsoon rains over the western portion of Luzon.
PAGASA said that counting from last week, the country has been experiencing rains since last Monday.
More rains are expected until the next three days, it added.
As of 4 a.m., the center of Falcon was estimated to be located at 1,070 km east of Extreme Northern Luzon.
It carries maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h near the center, and gustiness of up to 185 km/h.
It is moving north northwestward at a speed of 15 km/h.
PAGASA warned of floods and landslides.
“Under these conditions, flooding and rain-induced landslides are expected especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps and in localities that experienced considerable amounts of rainfall for the past several days,” it said..
PAGASA said while storm signals have not been declared, there will be gusts of wind and rain expected in Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Lubang Island, Kalayaan Islands, Cuyo Islands, Romblon, the northwestern portion of Antique, Camarines Sur, and Albay on Monday.
While on Tuesday, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Abra, Benguet, Zambales, Bataan, the central and southern portions of Aurora, Pampanga, Bulacan, Metro Manila, and most of Ilocos Region, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, and Western Visayas will have the same experience.
Metro Manila, along with Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Region, Abra, Benguet, Aurora, Zambales, Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Calabarzon, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, the western portion of Northern Samar, and most of Western Visayas, will experience its might on Wednesday.
Falcon is expected to barrel towards Okinawa Islands in Japan between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, a state of calamity has been declared in some municipalities in Pampanga.
Strong winds and rains have persisted since the weekend, flooding 222 barangays in 16 municipalities.
The Pampanga Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said that a state of calamity was declared in Macabebe, San Simon, Sto. Tomas, and San Luis due to floods brought by Typhoon Egay.