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'Falcon' leaves PAR; storm signal warnings lifted – Pagasa

'Falcon' leaves PAR; storm signal warnings lifted – Pagasa

MANILA, Philippines — Storm signals have been lifted as Tropical Storm Falcon (international name: Danas) left the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Thursday afternoon.

As of 4 p.m., the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said, the storm was last spotted 655 kilometers north-northeast of Basco, Batanes.

But moderate to at times heavy rains will still continue over the Ilocos Region, Zambales, and Bataan while light to moderate rains will still be experienced over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, according to Pagasa.

Falcon packed maximum sustained winds of 80 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph. It was moving northward at 25 kph, the state water bureau said.

Meanwhile, the low-pressure area west of Luzon that is being monitored by Pagasa is also now outside PAR. Pagasa noted it expects it to intensify into a tropical depression within 36 hours. /kga