Typhoon Kabayan Enhances Habagat (August 3, 2011 Update)

The state weather bureau Pagasa on Wednesday, August 3, said Typhoon “Kabayan” has maintained its strength as it moves in a West Northwest direction towards Japan.

It is expected to enhance the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) over Luzon which may trigger flashfloods and landslides, weather forecasters noted, adding that the estimated rainfall amount is from 15 up to 30 millimeters per hour within the 700 kilometer-diameter of the typhoon.

At 10:00 am today, Pagasa said “Kabayan” was located at 1,030 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 165 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 200 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 11 kph.

By Friday morning, “Kabayan” will be at 100 km South Southwest of Okinawa, Japan, Pagasa added.

Earlier, the education department has suspended all afternoon classes in pre-school, elementary and high school, both public and private, in Metro Manila (NCR) starting at 12:00 noon due to heavy rains.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), meanwhile, said “Kabayan” has left five persons dead and five others injured.

A total of 1,725 families or 8,418 persons in 20 barangays, 6 municipalities, and 5 cities in regions III, IV-A and NCR have been affected, the NDRRMC reported.