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Monsoon rains prevail

The state weather bureau said yesterday that southwest monsoon or “habagat” rains will persist in the western section of Northern Luzon today.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said that the Ilocos region, Apayao, Batanes, and Babuyan Islands will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and other areas will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

Luzon and its coastal areas will have moderate to rough seas due to moderate and strong winds from the southwest.

PAGASA added that other areas will experience slight to moderate seas due to light to moderate winds from south to southwest.

Meanwhile, severe tropical storm “Enteng” (international name “Namtheun”) has left the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

The weather disturbance as of 10 p.m. Thursday was estimated to be 1,000 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes or outside the PAR with maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 130 kph. It is expected to move north-northeast at 19 kph.

Enteng developed from a low pressure area into a tropical depression Thursday morning. It rapidly intensified into a tropical storm later in the day. (Chito A. Chavez)