Typhoon ‘Kiko’ seen exiting PH on Sunday evening


Typhoon “Kiko” slightly weakened as it is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Sunday afternoon or evening, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin Sunday, PAGASA said the center of the eye of “Kiko” was estimated at 225 kilometers north of Itbayat, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (KPH) near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kph and it is moving northward at 15 kph.

“Typhoon Kiko is forecast to move generally northward over the sea east of Taiwan and the East China Sea throughout the forecast period,” PAGASA said. “Throughout the forecast period, further weakening will continue but ‘Kiko’ will remain within typhoon category.”

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 2 is still in effect over the northern portion of Batanes, particularly in Itbayat while TCWS No. 1 is hoisted over the northern portion of Babuyan Islands and the rest of Batanes.

Areas under TCWS No. 2 will continue to experience winds of up to storm-force strengthen that may result to light to moderate damage to structures and vegetation, the weather bureau said.

Kiko will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing monsoon rains over Ilocos Region and Cordillera Administrative Region as well as in the provinces of Zambales and Bataan.

Meantime, cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila, Laguna, Rizal, and the rest of Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon still due to southwest monsoon.

The rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms due to southwest monsoon or localized thunderstorms.

PAGASA warned the public against possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to heavy rains.

Moderate to strong winds from southwest to south will blow over Luzon with moderate to rough coastal waters while light to moderate winds moving southeast to south will blow over Visayas and Mindanao with slight to moderate coastal waters.

The maximum temperature is 29.0 °C and the minimum temperature is 25.2 °C.

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