Storm expected to enter PAR today

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    A TROPICAL depression earlier spotted in extreme northern Luzon intensified into a storm yesterday and is forecast to enter the Philippine area of responsibility tomorrow, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

    It is expected to exit on the same day, PAGASA also said.

    As of 3 p.m yesterday, the tropical storm (international name Chan-hom), was some 1,780 km east of extreme northern Luzon, moving slowly westward and packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and with gustiness of up to 80 kph.

    It was forecast “to slowly move northwestward until Tuesday before accelerating northwestward on Wednesday towards the northeastern boundary of the Philippine area of responsibility,” PAGASA said.

    PAGASA said the tropical storm is not expected to affect the country but sea travel will be “risky” in Batanes, Babuyan Islands, and the northern coast of Ilocos Norte.

    PAGASA continues to monitor two low pressure areas. One was some 600 km east of Infanta, Quezon as of 3 p.m. yesterday but is expected to dissipate.

    The second one was some 515 km west of Coron, Palawan, also as of 3 p.m yesterday. The LPA is on the way out of the country.

    The Visayas and the regions of Bicol, Mimaropa, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, and Soccsksargen will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the LPAs and the southwest monsoon.

    Cagayan Valley and Apayao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to the northeasterly surface wind flow.

    Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms and southwest monsoon.