In an extraordinary weather event, the Philippines finds itself at the convergence of three potent tropical cyclones, intensifying the southwest monsoon, known locally as "habagat." Super Typhoon Saola (Goring), Severe Tropical Storm Hanna (Haikui), and Tropical Storm Kirogi have joined forces, unleashing a powerful atmospheric symphony that promises to bring intermittent monsoon rains across the western parts of Luzon over the next three days.


Triple Storms Enhance Habagat Philippines Braces for Intensified Monsoon Rains.
Image: Japanese Meteorological Agency


PAGASA's Vigilance and Observations

The vigilant eyes of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) are closely tracking this meteorological spectacle. PAGASA's latest reports affirm that the southwest monsoon is gaining unprecedented strength due to the combined influences of these three tropical cyclones. While Saola resides beyond the country's jurisdiction and Kirogi remains situated outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), it is Hanna that holds a central position in this climatic ballet.


Hanna's Impact and Trajectory

Severe Tropical Storm Hanna, positioned approximately 1,225 km east of extreme Northern Luzon as of 4 a.m., wields wind speeds of 95 kph accompanied by gusts reaching 115 kph. Hanna's deliberate west-northwest movement, clocking in at 20 kph, is predicted to persist. Yet, the trajectory charts a course that keeps it a safe distance from the Philippine landmass, ultimately exiting the PAR on Friday afternoon or evening.


Areas on Alert

The repercussions of this meteorological convergence are already felt, and areas not under any Wind Signal brace for potentially strong conditions. Coastal and elevated regions, particularly those susceptible to winds, face the brunt of the enhanced habagat. The regions affected encompass Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Zambales, Bataan, Aurora, Bulacan, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, and the northern portion of Eastern Visayas on Thursday and Friday. Come Saturday, the impact zone extends to Zambales, Bataan, Bulacan, Aurora, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, and the northern part of Eastern Visayas.


Beyond the Horizon

As Hanna maintains its course, a journey to the open seas and distant lands awaits. Exiting the PAR opens up new possibilities as it edges closer to the Ryukyu Islands. Beyond the Philippines' jurisdiction, Hanna's trajectory is unwavering, destined to traverse the East China Sea. An impending landfall along the east coast of mainland China on Sunday concludes this meteorological odyssey.


Navigating Nature's Symphony

In the face of these remarkable atmospheric forces, the Philippines readies itself for intensified monsoon rains. The synergy of three tropical cyclones – Saola, Hanna, and Kirogi – orchestrates a meteorological symphony that paints the skies with uncertainty and awe. While the habagat's might takes center stage, PAGASA's vigilance and accurate observations remain the guiding star, ensuring the nation's preparedness and resilience. As Hanna's journey continues beyond the horizon, the resilience of the Philippines shines through, echoing the sentiment that even in the face of nature's most powerful dances, the nation stands united and unwavering.


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