By Ellalyn De Vera Ruiz
Cyclone “Jongdari” further intensified into a severe tropical storm as it recurved into the Pacific Ocean.
Before Thursday noon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of Jongdari at 1,725 kilometers (km) east of Basco, Batanes.
Jongdari is forecast to move east-northeast relatively slow at 10 kilometers per hour (kph). It has maximum sustained winds of 100 kph and gustiness of up to 120 kph, and could further intensify into a typhoon by Friday.
PAGASA said the trough or extension of Jongdari will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms over Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, Sorsogon, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar and Southern Leyte.
Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon (habagat) will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Bataan, Zambales, northern part of Palawan, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Aklan, Antique, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
PAGASA reminded the public, especially those living near river channels, and low-lying and mountainous areas to be on alert for possible flash flood or landslide, as the soil is already saturated after several days of continuous rains.
By Friday, Jongdari will be 2,015 km east-northeast of Basco, Batanes.