Manila, Philippines – Typhoon Gardo (with international name “Maria”) has already entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Monday morning, says PAGASA.
In its latest severe weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA said that the eye of typhoon Gardo was located 1,165 km East of Basco, Batanes as of 10:00 AM on Monday, July 9.
The state weather bureau adds that, although Gardo will unlikely make a landfall, it may enhance the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat and will continue to dump monsoon rains over MIMAROPA and Western Visayas. Occasional rains will also be experienced over Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Bicol Region, Zambales, Bataan and Aurora until Tuesday. Possible flooding and landslides resulting from heavy rains are expected especially in low-lying and mountainous areas, respectively. Residents are advised to take precautionary measures.
The western section of Luzon, meanwhile, may experience weeklong moonsoon rains starting Wednesday as a result of a typhoon Gardo-enhanced Habagat.
The severe weather disturbance carries a maximum sustained winds of up to 200km/hr near the center and a gustiness of up to 245km/hr.
PAGASA clarifies that Gardo’s strength does not classify as a super typhoon to debunk previous media reports.
Gardo is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday morning. It is headed West Northwest at 30 km/hr.