Rains prevail over parts of Luzon as ‘Henry’ makes its way out of PAR


Typhoon Henry (international name: Hinnamnor) has picked up speed while starting to move away from the country on Saturday, Sept. 3, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

In the 11 a.m. bulletin of the PAGASA, Henry’s location was estimated at 405 kilometers (km) northeast of Itbayat, Batanes, or still inside the country’s area of responsibility.

It had maintained its maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph, while moving northward at 15 kph.

“Typhoon Henry will continue moving generally northward throughout the weekend before turning north-northeastward on Monday (Sept. 5). On the track forecast, the typhoon may pass very close or make landfall in the southern islands of the Ryukyu archipelago and exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) tonight (Sept. 3),” PAGASA said.

While it has started to move away from the PAR, Henry’s outer circulation continues to affect parts of extreme Northern Luzon.

Tropical cyclone wind signal number 2 remains hoisted over Batanes, while Signal No. 1 was still up in the Babuyan Islands and Santa Ana, Cagayan.

PAGASA said that moderate to heavy rains may persist in Batanes and Babuyan Islands.

Moreover, in the next 24 hours, the southwest monsoon or “habagat” enhanced by Henry may bring moderate to heavy with, at times, intense rains over Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Ilocos Region, and Cordillera Administrative Region.

Light to moderate with, at times, heavy rains may also prevail over the Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, and the rest of Central Luzon.

“Under these conditions, isolated to scattered flooding, including flash floods, and rain-induced landslides are possible especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps, and in localities with significant antecedent rainfall,” PAGASA warned.

“In the next 24 hours, occasional gusts reaching strong to gale-force strength associated with the enhanced Southwest Monsoon and its convergence with the typhoon circulation may also be experienced, especially in the coastal and mountainous areas, over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Mindoro provinces, Romblon, and the remaining localities in the mainland Cagayan that are not under any wind signal,” it added.