Tropical Storm “Gorio”, the seventh tropical cyclone that developed inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this year, was last spotted at 615 kilometers east of Casiguran. Packing winds of 85 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 105 kph, it is epected to move north-northwest at 9 kph.
The possibility for Gorio to make landfall remains slim but it will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon or Hanging Habagat. Habagat is composed of warm and moist winds that usually affect the western section of the country. It is triggered or intensified by a weather disturbance.
In the next hours, monsoon rains will be experienced in Metro Manila and the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Central Luzon, CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal & Quezon) and the provinces of Mindoro and Palawan. Meanwhile, cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will prevail in Visayas and the regions of Cagayan Valley, Bicol and the provinces of Marinduque & Romblon. Residents of Mindanao can expect partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
No tropical cyclone warning signals were issued but all are advised to monitor updates as heavy rains brought by Habagat may still result to flash floods and landslides.
Moderate to strong winds will also affect Luzon, bringing moderate to rough sea conditions. Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised to take extra caution.
In an interview with Panahon TV, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Shiella Reyes said Gorio is expected to leave the PAR on Monday or Tuesday next week.