Tropical storm Leon is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains over the provinces of Aurora and Palawan, the latest Pagasa report said.
In its severe weather bulletin issued at 11 am, September 16, Leon is moving West Northwestward at 15 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.
At 10:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm “LEON” was estimated based on all available data at 330 km West Northwest of Coron, Palawan (13.1 °N, 117.4 °E ).
Leon will continue tracking west-northwestward throughout the forecast period. It is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) tomorrow morning. On the forecast track, the tropical storm will turn more westward tomorrow afternoon or evening and will make landfall over northern or central Vietnam on Friday afternoon or evening.
Leon is forecast to reach a severe tropical storm category within 24 hours and peak intensity on Friday.
No tropical cyclone wind signal is currently in effect. However, intermittent gusts due to the Southwest Monsoon may be experienced over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, MIMAROPA, and Western Visayas.
Leon to bring moderate to heavy rains over Aurora, Palawan
Today, the Southwest Monsoon enhanced by Leon will bring moderate to heavy rains over Aurora, Palawan (including Calamian, Cuyo, and Kalayaan Islands), Mindoro Provinces, and Western Visayas. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over eastern Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Bicol Region, Mindanao, and the rest of Central Luzon, MIMAROPA, and Visayas.
Flooding and rain-induced landslide may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards. PAGASA Regional Services Divisions will issue local thunderstorm/rainfall advisories and heavy rainfall warnings as appropriate.
Gale Warning is in effect over the western seaboards of Palawan (including Kalayaan Islands), Occidental Mindoro, Batangas, and Pangasinan, and the seaboard of Zambales due to rough to very rough seas (2.5 to 4.5 m). Sea travel is risky over these areas.
Moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 3.1 m) will prevail over the seaboards of the rest of the country. Those with small seacrafts are advised to take precautions when venturing out to sea.