TROPICAL depression “Ester” (international name: Gaemi) intensified slightly as it headed slowly to southern Taiwan, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
Pagasa said in its 11 a.m. advisory that Ester was 275 kilometers (km) north-northwest of Basco, Batanes as it packed stronger winds of up to 60 kilometers per hour (kph) and stronger gusts of up to 100 kph.
While it remains in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), Ester is not expected to make landfall before exiting on Friday night or Saturday morning.
It continues to enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring monsoon rains over the Ilocos region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Batanes, and Babuyan Group of Islands.
Residents in these areas are advised to take appropriate actions against possible flooding or landslides.
The “yellow rainfall warning” remains raised over Zambales and Bataan, which means flooding is possible in low-lying areas.
Metro Manila, Cavite, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga. Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Batangas will experience heavy rains with lightning and strong winds, which may persist within the next three hours and affect nearby areas. GLEE JALEA
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