'Josie' reaches super typhoon category, now outside PH monitoring area

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 16) — Typhoon Josie reached super typhoon category at 8 p.m. Friday and at 10 p.m., the center of its eye exited the country's weather monitoring area, the state weather bureau said.

Josie entered as a typhoon at 5:45 p.m. It's the 10th storm this year and the second for September.

In its latest bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) last spotted Josie at 1,445 kilometers east northeast of extreme northern Luzon as of 3 p.m., with winds of 175 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 215 kph. It was moving northwestward at 10 kph.

PAGASA earlier issued an orange rainfall alert for Palawan due to the southwest monsoon or habagat. It warned of flooding in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas.

Meanwhile, moderate to heavy rainshowers with lighting and strong winds are expected over the provinces of Tarlac, Pampanga, Batangas, Cavite, and Zambales.