‘Falcon’ has strengthened into a typhoon, as reported by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Monday. However, it remains situated over the Philippine Sea, approximately 1,070 kilometers east of extreme Northern Luzon.

With maximum sustained winds reaching 150 kilometers per hour near its center and gusts of up to 185 kph, the typhoon is currently moving at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour, slightly accelerating and turning west-northwestward.

Despite its intensification, ‘Falcon’ is still quite distant from the Philippine landmass, thus having no direct impact on the country.

The primary influence on the weather in the Philippines at the moment is the southwest monsoon, locally known as ‘habagat,’ which is being amplified by the presence of the typhoon.

This combination will bring continuous rainfall to most parts of the country in the upcoming days.

Pagasa predicts that ‘Falcon’ will likely continue to strengthen and exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility either on Monday night or early Tuesday morning. (AI/MNM)