MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Cyclone Falcon is forecast to enter the Philippine area of responsibility between tonight and tomorrow morning and may trigger monsoon rains starting today, according to state weather forecasters.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that Falcon (international name Khanun) may intensify into a typhoon today.
The cyclone was monitored 1,365 km east of Eastern Visayas as of 3 p.m. yesterday and was moving westward at 15 kph and carrying maximum winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
Even as the cyclone intensifies in the next few days, PAGASA said it is unlikely that tropical cyclone wind signals will be raised over any part of the country. Falcon will reach its peak intensity by late Monday or Tuesday.
PAGASA warned that Falcon may enhance the southwest monsoon that will trigger occasional or monsoon rains over the western portions of Luzon and the Visayas. The extent and timing of the monsoon enhancement and rainfall may still change depending on the movement of the cyclone.
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