Falcon maintains strength, continues to bring monsoon rains

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Typhoon Falcon (international name: Chan-Hom) continues to enhance the southwest moonsoon or 'Habagat' bringing heavy rainfall in Luzon.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Typhoon Falcon (internationally known as Chan-Hom) continued on Wednesday (July 8) to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing heavy rainfall in Luzon.

According to the latest weather bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issued at 5 p.m., Falcon maintained its strength as it continued to move west northwest. It was still not expected to make landfall.

The eye of the typhoon was located at 1,065 km east of Basco, Batanes (20.6N, 132.2E) as of 4 p.m. on Wednesday (July 8). Falcon packed maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center with a gustiness of up to 160 kph.

It was expected to move west northwest at 20 kph.

Forecast positions:

• Thursday morning: 810 km east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes

• Friday morning: outside the Philippine territory or at 585 km north-northeast of Itbayat

• Saturday morning: 740 km north northwest of Itbayat

Earlier, as of 11:13 a.m., thunderstorm associated with heavy rain had affected parts of Metro Manila (Manila, Pasay, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Quezon City), portions of‪ ‎Bulacan, ‪‎Cavite,‪ ‎Bataan,‪ ‎Batangas and Rodriguez in Rizal.

The weather bureau also warned that monsoon rains might cause flashfloods and trigger landslides over the regions of Ilocos, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa.

Occasional rain was expected to fall in Western Visayas due to the southwest monsoon. The rest of the country was forecast to have cloudy skies and isolated thunderstorms.

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