July 22, 2018, 11:46 pm
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‘Gardo’ enters PAR, blue skies perplex Pinoys

THE typhoon with international name “Maria” yesterday entered Philippine territory and would start enhancing the southwest monsoon on Wednesday, the weather bureau said. 

Weather forecaster Shiella Reyes said the typhoon, now named “Gardo,” was seen at around 3 p.m. some 1,020 kilometers east-northeast of Basco, Batanes and was moving west-northwest at 30 kph.

It packed winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts up to 225 kph.

Reyes said “Gardo” has reached its peak strength and will no longer intensify.

Reyes said Filipinos were greeted with blue skies and hot weather Monday morning despite the presence of a strong typhoon because a low pressure area (LPA) near Vietnam is preventing “Gardo” from pulling the southwest monsoon towards parts of Luzon until today.

Classes were suspended yesterday in all levels in 14 cities in Metro Manila and other provinces in anticipation of bad weather caused by the southwest monsoon. 

As the LPA near Vietnam moves away, and “Gardo” positions near Taiwan, Reyes said the typhoon would pull and further enhance the southwesterly winds beginning Wednesday and until Friday.

Reyes said starting Wednesday, the western sections of Central and southern Luzon, including Metro Manila, will have cloudy skies with intermittent to continuous monsoon rains.

Reyes said “Gardo” is forecast to remain near Taiwan before it exits the country on Wednesday. The typhoon will head for China.

The Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) advised Filipinos living and working in Taiwan to take the necessary precaution as the typhoon stays on track, bringing winds and rain to the island’s northern part.

In a post on its social media account, MECO also posted the emergency numbers of its offices in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung where Filipinos there can call if they need assistance.

More than 124,000 Filipinos are living and working in Taiwan, mostly in the electronic and textile sector making them the second largest group of migrant workers, next to Indonesians. – With Ashzel Hachero and Evan Orias
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