Monsoon rains prevail due to 'Karding'

By Alexandria San Juan

Tropical Storm Karding (International name Yagi) continues to enhance the southwest monsoon bringing rains all over the country before exiting the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday morning, the latest weather forecast stated.


In the weather forecast issued by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration Friday morning, Karding is expected to exit the northern boundary of PAR early Saturday morning.

The center of the tropical storm was last spotted at 1,150 kilometer east of Basco, Batanes packed with maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometer per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

It continues to move north northwest with a speed of 20 kph as it further enhances the southwest monsoon or "hanging habagat" affecting the whole country.

While Karding is not expected to make a landfall in the country, monsoon rains will pour over Metro Manila as well as Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and Bicol Region.

Possible flooding and landslides are expected in the said areas due to moderate to occasional rains, PAGASA said.

Meanwhile, Cagayan Valley and Western Visayas will continue to experience cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms caused by the southwest monsoon.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains or thunderstorms will continue to prevail over Mindanao and the rest of Visayas also due to habagat.

A gale warning, meanwhile, was raised in the western section of Luzon due to a strong gale wind speed with rough to very rough coastal waters in the area.