Tropical depression “Leon” has now intensified into a tropical storm and is expected to bring heavy rains in the area of Aurora and others on Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
In its recent severe weather bulletin, TS “Leon” alongside the southwest monsoon (Habagat) are forecast to bring moderate to heavy rains in Aurora, Rizal, Palawan (including Kalayaan, Calamian, and Cuyo Islands), Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, Western Visayas, and Negros Oriental.
Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Bicol Region, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, Metro Manila, Isabela, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and the rest of Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and the rest of Visayas.
PAGASA warned the public of flooding and rain-induced landslides which may occur in floor- and landslide-prone areas during times of heavy or prolonged rainfall.
“Leon” was last seen at 225 km west-northwest of Coron, Palawan or over the West Philippine Sea. It has maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.
It expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday morning.
A gale warning has been in effect over the western seaboard of Palawan (including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands) and Occidental Mindoro (including Lubang Island) due to rough to very rough seas (2.8 to 4.5 m). Sea travel is risky over these areas.
Moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 3.1 m) will prevail over the northern, eastern, and southern seaboards of Luzon, and the seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao. Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised to take precautions when venturing out to sea over these areas.