Typhoon Falcon, with international name Chan Hom, intensified as it left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 2AM today.
Garnering maximum wind strength of 165 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 195 kph, Typhoon Chan Hom moves northwest at 22 kph.
It made its closest approach to Okinawa in Japan, which is still experiencing strong winds and heavy rains. Chan Hom is forecast to move towards Shanghai this weekend.
As it moves further away from the Philippines, here’s a look at the highest amount of rainfall recorded this rainy week.
Despite Falcon’s exit from PAR, it will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring more rains over Luzon and Visayas particularly in its western portions.
Today, the habagat will continue to bring rains over Metro Manila and the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Central Luzon, CALABARZON and MIMAROPA. These rains may bring flashfloods and landslides.
The rest of Luzon, Western and Central Visayas, on the other hand, can expect occasional rains as the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms in the following hours.
As for the weekend weather, PAGASA’s latest forecast show that Metro Manila will experience gradually lessening rains by Sunday and Monday.
Meanwhile, the gale warning advisory is still up over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas. The seas will be under rough to very rough conditions, along with strong to gale force winds. Venturing out into these seaboards is risky due to the enhanced southwestmMonsoon and the typhoon.
In other news, Typhoon Nangka intensifies as it continues to move westward at 20 kph.
State Meteorologist Jun Galang said that the current forecast track show it will not enter PAR. However, as it nears our area of responsibility, it will also enhance the southwest monsoon which will bring occasional rains over Luzon, Western and Central Visayas by late weekend.