Monsoon continues Wednesday; Maring targets Taiwan

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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The southwest monsoon will continue bringing rain to Luzon and Visayas Wednesday, August 21, as a stronger tropical storm Maring (international codename Trami) moves toward Taiwan.

Maring was spotted 500 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (24.2ºN,125.9ºE) as of 4 am Wednesday, with maximum sustained winds of 105 km/h near the center and gusts of up to 130 km/h.

It slowed down a bit, moving towards the northwest at a speed of 15 km/h, heading towards Taiwan.

Maring is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Wednesday afternoon or early Thursday (August 22), the bureau said in its 24-hour forecast released early Wednesday.

Metro Manila and the surrounding regions should expect "gradual improvement" in weather by Thursday evening or Friday morning (August 23), PAGASA said.

The monsoon will continue to affect Luzon and the Visayas, the bureau said in its 24-hour forecast.

Monsoon rains are in the forecast Wednesday for the following areas:

These areas should be on the lookout for possible landslides and flash floods.

The rest of Luzon and Visayas, as well as the regions of Caraga and Davao, will have cloudy skies, accompanied by light to moderate rain and thunderstorms.

The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies, accompanied by isolated rain or thunderstorms.

Prevailing winds will be coming from the southwest.

The bureau also issued gale warnings for the seaboards of northern, central, and southern Luzon due to the monsoon.