Super typhoon Josie exits PAR, heads for Japan

Super typhoon Josie exits PAR, heads for Japan

TOKYO - Super typhoon Josie has left the Philippine area of responsibility and is heading for Japan, PAGASA said late Friday.

In its 11 pm bulletin, PAGASA said Josie was recently sighted 1,375 km east northeast of extreme northern Luzon packing maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center with 230 gusts.

The state weather bureau said the center of the tropical cyclone left the PAR at 10 p.m., two hours after it became a super typhoon.

The southwest monsoon (habagat) has left the PAR but may bring monsoon rains to parts of western Visayas and southern Luzon.

Over the next 24 hours, the Visayas, Mimaropa, and Bicol regions could experience strong to near-stormy wind gusts due to the southwest monsoon intensified by Josie.