‘Fabian’ intensifies into severe tropical storm: PAGASA

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MANILA – PAGASA said on Monday that the weather disturbance “Fabian” has intensified into a severe tropical storm, while heavy rainfall is still unlikely.

“Fabian” has maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 115 kph. It was last seen moving northwestward at a pace of 15 kph, 1,055 kilometers east northeast of extreme northern Luzon.

There is no tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) in effect right now. However, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned residents and disaster managers in Batanes and Babuyan Islands to keep a closely monitor on tropical cyclone bulletins because any further southward shift in the forecast track could result in the hoisting of TCWS no. 1 over these areas.

According to PAGASA, “Fabian” will most likely leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Meanwhile, “Fabian” is enhancing the southwest monsoon. As a result, moderate to rough seas will continue to dominate throughout Palawan’s western coast, including the Kalayaan Islands.

Sailors are encouraged to use caution before venturing out to water. Inexperienced seafarers should avoid navigating in these sea conditions as well.

According to PAGASA, the southwest monsoon, boosted by “Fabian,” will bring rain to the Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan over the next 24 hours.

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