Tropical Storm Leon now outside of PAR

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) — Tropical Storm Leon is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, state weather bureau PAGASA reported on Thursday.

Despite exiting the PAR, Leon is still enhancing the southwest monsoon that will bring rains in parts of Luzon and Visayas.

The tropical storm is expected to make a landfall over northern or central Vietnam on Friday afternoon or evening.

As of 4:00 a.m., the center of Leon was spotted 360 kilometers north of Kalayaan Islands, Palawan with maximum sustained winds of 85 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 105 km/h.

PAGASA said intermittent gusts due to the southwest monsoon will be felt in Batanes, Babuyan Islands, MIMAROPA, and Western Visayas.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Visayas, Caraga, Aurora, and Quezon.

A gale warning is also in effect over the western seaboards of Palawan (including Kalayaan Islands), Occidental Mindoro, Zambales, and Bataan due to rough to very rough seas.