THE seventh storm to enter the Philippines this year is heading towards Japan as the state weather bureau warned of more rains especially in Luzon due to the enhanced southwest monsoon.

In its final storm update, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said typhoon Glenda (international name: Kompasu) is spotted at 830 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes while moving northwest at 19 kilometers per hour (kph).

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Glenda maintained its 120 kilometer per hour strength near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

Meantime, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) reported that some roads in Northern Luzon were closed due to landslides.

These were Bontoc Road, Ilocos Sur Road, and Mountain Province-Cagayan (via Tabuk) Enrile Road (Tinglayan section).

In a related development, Pagasa said in its 5 p.m. bulletin Tuesday that Northern and Central Luzon will experience monsoon rains while Southern Luzon will be mostly cloudy with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.

The rest of country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate blowing from the southwest with slight to moderate seas, Pagasa added. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)