By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Tropical cyclone “Ramil” (international name “Damrey”) has intensified into a storm while on its way out of the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday.
Around mid-Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of Ramil at 365 kilometers west of Coron, Palawan or over the West Philippine Sea.
Ramil has maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move west at 16 kph.
PAGASA has lifted all storm warnings over areas directly affected by the cyclone.
However, it said moderate to occasional heavy rains will still prevail over Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon due to the interaction between Ramil and the northeast monsoon or “amihan.”
It warned residents in these areas of possible landslides and flash floods.
Meanwhile, light to moderate with possible occasional heavy rains during thunderstorms will still prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.
Visayas and Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
PAGASA said sea travel is risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon due to the storm and surge of amihan.
Ramil is expected to leave the country’s area of responsibility Thursday evening or Friday morning.
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