‘Marce’ to exit PHL on Sunday

MANILA — The state weather bureau, PAGASA, has lifted all tropical cyclone warning signals as Tropical Storm Marce traverses the West Philippine Sea and is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Sunday morning or afternoon.

In its weather bulletin issued at 5 a.m. Saturday, PAGASA located ‘Marce’s’ center at 125 km. northwest of Coron, Palawan as of 4 a.m., packing maximum winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph.

It forecast ‘Marce’ to move northwest at 15 kph to reach 335 km. west of Iba, Zambales by Sunday morning and 680 km. west-northwest of Iba by Monday morning.

The bureau however said that rainfall would be moderate to heavy within the 300-km. diameter of the tropical storm, warning that sea travel is still risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon, the seaboards of Central Luzon, and the western seaboard of Southern Luzon.

Meanwhile, cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms that might trigger flash floods and landslides, will prevail over the regions of MIMAROPA and Bicol and the provinces of Quezon and Aurora, the bureau said.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Visayas could expect cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms, while Mindanao could experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds from the east to northeast will blow over Luzon and from southwest to southeast, over the rest of the country. Seas are expected to be moderate to rough, according to PAGASA. PNA-northboundasia.com