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Rains expected over north Luzon as typhoons continue to enhance Habagat

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The two typhoons outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon or Habagat, weather bureau PAGASA said on Wednesday afternoon.

In its 4 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said typhoon Cimaron was 1,790 kilometers east northeast of extreme Northern Luzon as of 3 p.m.

It was heading Northwest at 35 kph, with maximum sustained winds of 160 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 195 kph.

Typhoon Soulik, on the other hand, was spotted at 3 p.m. to be 1,295 kilometers north northeast of extreme Northern Luzon and moving northwest at 25 kph.

It had maximum sustained winds moving 150 kph near its center with a gustiness of up to 185 kph.

On "24 Oras," GMA News' resident meteorologist Nathaniel Cruz said the enhanced monsoon will continue to affect the weather in the western section of Luzon.

PAGASA's weather forecast said scattered rains and thunderstorms are expected over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Zambales, Bataan, Batanes, and Babuyan Group of Islands.

Affected residents were advised to prepare for possible flooding and landslides due to scattered rains and thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country are expected to have cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers.

PAGASA also forecast coastal waters off extreme Northen Luzon to be rough to very rough due to strong to gale winds brought by Habagat. —Margaret Claire Layug/NB, GMA News

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