‘Domeng’ out of PH; no relief yet from rains

HEAVY rains from the southwest monsoon or ‘habagat’ enhanced by tropical storm ‘Domeng’ drench EDSA in Kamuning, Quezon City yesterday. (MB photo | Alvin Kasiban)

Tropical storm “Domeng” (international name “Maliksi”) will be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility this morning but rains from the southwest monsoon or “habagat” enhanced by the tropical cyclone will continue to drench most parts of Luzon and Western Visayas until tomorrow.

According to weatherman Nikos Peñaranda of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration, residents of Luzon and Western Visayas should be on alert for possible flooding or landslides due to continuous monsoon rains as Domeng slightly intensified yesterday.

PAGASA said cloudy skies with moderate rains becoming occasionally heavy will be felt over the western part of Luzon, including Metro Manila, Southern Luzon, Bicol, and Western Visayas today and tomorrow as Domeng moves north-northeast towards Japan at 21 kph.

Domeng was estimated at 565 kilometers east-northeast of Basco, Batanes, with maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 105 kph, around noon yesterday.

This morning, Domeng will be 1,060 kms east-northeast of Basco or outside the country’s area of responsibility.

Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will be experienced over western Mindanao and the rest of Visayas while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with rain showers and thunderstorms.

Peñaranda warned of rough seas over the eastern coastline of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Southern Luzon and Central Luzon which will be dangerous for small sea craft.

By Tuesday until Wednesday, light to moderate monsoon rains will be felt in the western section of Luzon, including Metro Manila, Southern Luzon, and Western Visayas. (Ellalyn V. Ruiz)