Maring exits PH, but monsoon continues
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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm Maring (international codename Trami) has exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Wednesday morning, August 21.
The storm exited the PAR at around 7 am, state weather bureau PAGASA said, and is now near Taiwan.
As of the last PAGASA bulletin, Maring packed maximum sustained winds of 105 km/h near the center and gusts of up to 130 km/h.
It slowed down a bit, moving towards the northwest at a speed of 15 km/h.
In Taiwan, officials at the Central Weather Bureau said the impact may be felt mostly from Wednesday night through Thursday morning, even if it won't make landfall.
In reaction to the warning, ferries operating between the southeastern city of Taitung and Green Island evacuated 1,700 tourists.
Television images showed hundreds of fishing boats packing Suao, a fishing port in the northeast county of Ilan which is likely to bear the brunt of the storm.
Nearby, the military deployed 300 soldiers and four amphibious rescue vehicles.
In the capital Taipei, residents of some low-lying areas piled up sandbags.
Despite Maring's exit, the storm is still expected to enhance the southwest monsoon bringing rain over large parts of Luzon.
Weather in the areas affected by the Maring-enhanced monsoon is forecast to improve in the coming days. - With reports from the Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com