Typhoon Gardo maintains strength, to bring rains over Luzon, Visayas

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 9) — The state weather bureau reported that Typhoon Gardo has maintained its strength and will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing rains to the Western section of the country. 

In an 11 a.m. weather bulletin Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Typhoon Gardo's center is located 1,165 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.

Gardo is carrying center winds with a strength of 200 kilometers per hour (kph), and gusts of 245 kph. Gardo is currently moving west, northwestward at 30 kph, it added.

PAGASA predicted Gardo to bring monsoon rains over MIMAROPA, and Western Visayas along with occasional rains over Metro Manila, Calabarzon, the Bicol Region, Zambales, Bataan and Aurora, from Tuesday to Wednesday.

PAGASA added that the entire western section of Luzon will experience monsoon rains starting Wednesday. 

Gardo is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Wednesday morning, however, this will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, as it exits the country. 

PAGASA also described monsoon rains generally as intermittent light to moderate rains. "Generally 'yung kanyang characteristics, malakas ang pagbuhos madaling araw hanggang umaga. Hihinto siya at bubuhos sa hapon. 'Yun 'yung general description," PAGASA said.

[Translation: Generally, the characteristics (of monsoon rains) are heavy rainfall from early until late morning, then a sudden pause, and resuming in the afternoon.]

There is a possibility, however, for monsoon rains to intensify, depending on the strength of the southwest monsoon, the weather bureau said.

"Pero there are cases na pwede siyang tuloy-tuloy. Kung tuloy-tuloy, hanggang alas onse makikita natin na ito ay maghapon na," PAGASA explained.

[Translation:There are cases, however, that the monsoon rains may be continuous. If they are continuous until 11 a.m., we can observe that this will continue the whole afternoon.]

PAGASA said they have yet to determine if Gardo's effects will fit the general category for monsoon rains or the intensified version.