‘Gardo’ less likely to make landfall
A strong Tropical Cyclone will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). This stirred reactions in social media, but PAGASA clarified that the Tropical Cyclone is less likely to hit the land.
At 11:00 a.m., Typhoon Maria (international name) was spotted at 1,875 kilometers east of Central Luzon. With maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph), and gustiness of up to 225 kph, it is moving in a northwest direction. According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza, the typhoon will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Monday and will be given the local name “Gardo”.
Despite the slim chance of “Gardo” hitting the landmass, the Typhoon will enhance the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat). Monsoon rains may affect Metro Manila and the western sections of Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA beginning Sunday. Residents of these areas, especially those living in low-lying and in coastal areas, are advised to take appropriate measures against possible flooding and landslides due to heavy rains; coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices; and continue monitoring for updates.
With the presence of the Southwest Monsoon, Metro Manila, Bataan, Batangas, Cavite, Mindoro, Palawan, Central and Western Visayas will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms that may trigger floods or landslides. Elsewhere, partly cloudy to cloudy skies will prevail with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.