'Henry' intensifies into a tropical storm, exits PH – PAGASA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 17) — Weather officials said Tropical Depression Henry intensified into a tropical storm as it barreled its way out of Philippine territory on Tuesday. It has been given the international name "Son-tihn."

In its 4 p.m. update, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said there are no more tropical cyclone warning signals in the country following Henry's exit.

The southwest monsoon, however, will continue to bring rains over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Palawan, and Mindoro.


Weather officials said an orange rainfall or intense rains warning was raised over Metro Manila, Cavite, Bataan, and Zambales, as of 6:45 p.m. The warning signifies that all communities in these areas must prepare as flooding is threatening low-lying areas or those near river channels in the next two hours.

A yellow rainfall or heavy rains warning was also raised in the following areas: Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Bulacan, and Pampanga. Residents are asked to take caution as flooding is possible in the next 3 hours, especially in low-lying areas.

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The rest of the country will experience scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms, PAGASA added.

PAGASA said they are still monitoring the low pressure area (LPA) that may develop into a tropical depression in the next 36 hours. It was last sighted 805 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

The LPA will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing rains over the western section of Luzon including Metro Manila for the next few days.

Henry was last seen 700 kilometers west of Basco, Batanes with winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of 80 kph. It was estimated moving west at 45 kph.