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Bagyong Maring, now a tropical storm, may make a U-turn and continue to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring rain over parts of the country until Wednesday, August 21, 2013, state weather bureau said Sunday.

Track of Tropical Storm "MARING"

In the latest weather bureau advisory from PAGASA issued at 5:00 p.m., Southwest Monsoon is affecting the whole country. Meanwhile, at 4:00 p.m. today, Tropical Storm "MARING" (TRAMI) was estimated based on all available data at 560 km East of Itbayat, Batanes (20.7°N, 127.9°E).

Packing with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph, Tropical Storm Maring is forecast to move East Northeast at 7 kph.

GMA News Online said PAGASA forecaster Jori Loiz said their models indicate Maring's movement is being affected by another weather system north of it.

"Expected natin mag-U turn ito, baka bumalik 'yan. Inaasahan natin hanggang Miyerkules si Maring sa Philippine area of responsibility," Loiz said in an interview on dzBB radio.

Tropical Storm Maring, PAGASA added, is expected to be at 710 km East of Itbayat, Batanes by Monday morning, 910 km Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes by Tuesday morning, and 940 km Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes by Wednesday morning.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 5 - 15 mm per hour (moderate - heavy) within the 300 km diameter of the Tropical Depression, state weather bureau said.

"MARING" will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon that will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms over the western section of Luzon.

Fishermen specially those using small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon, and over the seaboard of Cavite, Mindoro Occidental, and over the western coast of Batangas due to the possible big waves generated by the enhance Southwest Monsoon.

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