LPA intensifies into Tropical Depression Kiko

The low pressure area (LPA) PAGASA has been monitoring intensified into a tropical depression on Monday afternoon, September 4 and was given the local name Kiko.

In 5 pm bulletin issued on Monday, the weather bureau said Kiko is located 490 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora, moving west northwest at 15 kilometers per hour (km/h) and has 55 km/h maximum winds and gustiness of up to 65 km/h.

No tropical cyclone warning signals were raised, but PAGASA said signal number 1 might be given on Monday evening to the Babuyan Group of Islands and northern Cagayan.

Thus, PAGASA warned that Kiko would bring moderate to heavy rain in Northern Luzon, Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Quezon, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes starting Tuesday evening, September 5.

Meanwhile, the rest of Luzon as well as the Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Zamboanga Peninsula will experience Light to moderate rain.

Kiko is not seen to affect the southwest monsoon and is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) either on Wednesday evening, September 6, or early Thursday morning, September 7.


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