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PAGASA: Typhoon 'Gardo' enters PH, monsoon rains to be week-long

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 9) — The state weather bureau reported typhoon with international name "Maria", now dubbed "Gardo", has entered Philippine territory.

In a 4 a.m. weather bulletin Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the eye of Typhoon Gardo is located 1,325 kilometers (km) east of Basco, Batanes.

The typhoon currently brings center winds of 200 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of  245 kph. It is moving 13 kph west northwest, PAGASA added.

PAGASA weather forecaster Robb Gile predicts "Gardo" to exit the country by Wednesday. He added, however, that Gardo will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon or Habagat for the entire week and will reach its peak in a few days.

"Gayunpaman kahit nakalabas ng Philippine Area of Responsibility, patuloy nito ipaiibayo ang Habagat, so nakikita po natin na makaranas ng tag-ulan, especially diyan sa Metro Manila halos buong week po. Pero yung nakikita natin ang rurok ng pag-ulan diyan sa middle to later part ng week po," Gile told CNN Philippines' New Day.

[Translation: Even as it (Gardo) leaves the Philippine Area of Responsibility, it will continue to enchance the Habagat, so we expect to experience rain, especially in Metro Manila for the whole week. But, it will reach its peak in the middle or later in the week.]

Gardo will enhance the monsoon and bring rains to Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Zambales, Bataan, and Aurora until Tuesday. The western section of Luzon and the Visayas will experience the onset of the monsoon rains beginning Wednesday.

Although Gardo brings strong winds, PAGASA clarifies that it is not yet a super typhoon and expects it to remain at typhoon category until it leaves PAR. PAGASA added, however, it will not rule out the possibility of Gardo intensifying into a super typhoon.

"Nakikita na less likely (to become a super typhoon). Hindi siya (not possible), pero less likely," Gile said.

[Translation:We can see it less likely (to become a super typhoon). It's not (not possible), but less likely.]

PAGASA has not issued any tropical cyclone signals, however, a gale warning is up for the northern and eastern seaboard of Luzon. 



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