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Typhoon Kiko slightly intensified as it continues to move towards extreme northern Luzon, and also enhances the southwest monsoon (habagat), the weather bureau said in a report by Philippine News Agency.

"Kiko" now packs maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 240 kph. It was last tracked 220 km. northeast of Casiguran, Aurora, or 220 km. east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

The enhanced southwest monsoon will cause moderate to heavy rains over Palawan, Occidental Mindoro, and Western Visayas, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

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Further, occasional gusty winds will be experienced over those areas, especially in the coastal and upland localities. Flash floods and rain-induced landslides are possible, especially in areas susceptible to these hazards.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3 remains hoisted over the extreme northeastern portion of Cagayan (Santa Ana, Gonzaga) and the eastern portion of Babuyan Islands (Babuyan Is., Didicas Is., Camiguin Is., Pamuktan Is., Calayan Is., Panulitan Island)

Destructive typhoon-force winds may be experienced in these areas.

TCWS No. 2, on the other hand, has been hoisted over Batanes, the rest of Babuyan Islands, the remaining eastern portion of mainland Cagayan (Aparri, Camalaniugan, Lal-Lo, Gattaran, Baggao, Peñablanca, Buguey, Santa Teresita, Tuguegarao City, Iguig, Amulung, Alcala, Allacapan, Lasam, Ballesteros, Abulug), the northeastern portion of Isabela (San Pablo, Maconacon, Divilacan, Palanan), and the northeastern portion of Apayao (Flora, Santa Marcela, Luna, Pudtol). PAGASA expects damaging gale-force to storm-force winds to prevail in these areas.

Strong winds will prevail in areas under TCWS No. 1: the rest of mainland Cagayan, the eastern portion of Ilocos Norte (Pagudpud, Adams, Dumalneg, Bangui, Vintar, Carasi, Nueva Era, Burgos, Pasuquin, Bacarra, Laoag City, Piddig, Solsona, Dingras, Sarrat, San Nicolas), the rest of Apayao, the northern portion of Kalinga (Balbalan, Pinukpuk, City of Tabuk, Rizal), the eastern portion of Mountain Province (Paracelis), the northeastern portion of Abra (Tineg, Lacub, Malibcong), the northwestern and southeastern portions of Isabela (Santa Maria, Quezon, Mallig, Roxas, San Manuel, Cabatuan, Aurora, City of Cauayan, Angadanan, San Guillermo, Dinapigue, San Mariano, Cabagan, Santo Tomas, Delfin Albano, Tumauini, Quirino, Burgos, Gamu, Ilagan City, Luna, Reina Mercedes, Naguilian, Benito Soliven), and the northern portion of Aurora (Dilasag, Casiguran).

"Kiko" is expected to bring heavy to intense, with at times torrential rains over the northeastern portion of Cagayan including the Babuyan Islands and Batanes.

Moderate to heavy, with at times intense rains are also likely over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, northern and central Aurora, and the rest of Cagayan Valley.

Flash floods and landslides are possible in those areas.

Meanwhile, rough to very high seas continue to prevail over the seaboards of areas where TCWS is in effect. Sea travel is risky for all types of sea vessels, according to PAGASA.

Moderate to rough seas also continue to be experienced over the eastern seaboards of central and southern Luzon. Sea travel is risky for those using small seacrafts, PAGASA said.


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