Rains to persist as 'Nimfa' stays strong

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 18)— Rains due to Tropical Depression Nimfa will continue to drench parts of the country as the storm continues to move northeast.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration's (PAGASA) latest update said moderate to occasional heavy rains will be experienced in Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Pangasinan, and La Union.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, and the rest of Central Luzon, and Cordillera Administrative Region will have light to moderate rains.

The weather bureau warns sea travel remains risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon, while conditions in most other seaboards will remain moderate to rough.

PAGASA said the storm was last spotted 750 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes. It has winds of up to 55 km per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

Nimfa is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Saturday evening.