A low pressure area over the Pacific Ocean is now a tropical storm and may reach the Philippine area of responsibility by Thursday evening or Friday morning, weather bureua PAGASA said Monday.
PAGASA weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said the tropical storm is now packing 65 kph winds and gust of up to 80 kph. The storm is moving north-northwest at a speed of 25 kph.
Quitlong said the storm could enter PAR either Thursday evening or Friday morning if it continues on its current track.
“It is still 3,000 kilometers from the southern part of Mindanao and has no effect,” he said in an ANC Top Story interview.
He added that the storm could hit the Visayas but may also veer off and go straight to Japan.
In its 5 p.m. forecast, the weather bureau said Metro Manila, Calabarzon and the province of Aurora will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Cagayan Valley and the provinces of Apayao and Ilocos Norte will have cloudy skies with light rains. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
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