Improving weather as Typhoon Gorio exits PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 29) — Typhoon Gorio maintained its strength as it exited the Philippines on Saturday, while most of the country experiences better weather.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said at 11 p.m. on Saturday that Gorio is still packing maximum sustained winds of 145 kph and gusts of up to 180 kph.

The weather bureau added that the typhoon is still moving northwest towards Taiwan at 19 kilometers per hour.

Meanwhile, the eye of the typhoon was spotted 500 km north of Basco, Batanes as of 10 p.m. Saturday.

Gorio is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday night or Sunday morning, PAGASA said.

The storm warning in Batanes province is still at Signal No. 1.

Weather officials added the tropical storm (international name "Haitang") outside Philippine territory — located 405 km west northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte as of 10 p.m. Saturday — was also enhancing the southwest monsoon.

PAGASA added the storm may enter the Philippine territory on Sunday afternoon, when it will be named “Huaning.”

Haitang has weakened, now packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gusts of up to 80 kph. It is moving northeast at 20 kph.

Both weather disturbances are expected to bring moderate-to-occasionally-heavy rain over the western section of Northern and Central Luzon.

The weather bureau also warned against sea travel along the seaboards of northern Luzon and the western seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon.

The typhoon left zero casualties, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Ricardo Jalad told CNN Philippines.

He also advised residents heading to Baguio City to avoid Kennon Road and take Marcos Highway instead for safety purposes after a landslide on Friday. He said the debris have been cleared.

Batanes on alert

Despite a storm signal raised over Batanes, Gov. Marilou Cayco told CNN Philippines the typhoon has "minimal impact to the province."

She said the local government is on standby to provide rescue and other assistance, but as of noon on Saturday, there were no damages and no families evacuated.

Disaster officials still advised residents in low-lying areas to be on alert for possible storm surges.

Better weather in Metro Manila

Meanwhile, floods have subsided in Metro Manila, where many areas were earlier flooded at the height of monsoon rains.

Clean-op operations are underway in Malabon, and City Mayor Antolin Oreta III said he just suspended classes in all levels so schools can be cleared up.

There are no more floods and traffic is light along EDSA.

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