PAGASA: Fabian enhances habagat, monsoon rain expected in Luzon areas

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 17) — Tropical Depression Fabian is enhancing the southwest monsoon, which may affect parts of the country in the coming days, a weather bureau forecaster said Saturday.

Monsoon rain will drench Western Visayas, and several areas in Luzon, including Metro Manila, forecaster Raymond Ordinario of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in a briefing.

Fabian is expected to become a tropical storm in 12 hours, and a typhoon on Tuesday, but PAGASA said storm alerts are "less likely" as Fabian is expected to remain far from landmass.

Fabian may exit the storm monitoring area on Monday evening and head to the Ryukyu Islands of Japan.

As of 11 p.m., Fabian was spotted 1,110 kilometers east of extreme northern Luzon, with sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 70 kph.