A severe tropical storm (with international name, Maria) may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) within 72 hours. It will be named Gardo once it enters PAR.
Manila, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) continues to monitor a several tropical storm along the Pacific Ocean. It has an international name Maria, and is expected to enter PAR by Monday morning. It will be named Gardo once it enters PAR.
Maria already has maximum winds of 125 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center and gustiness of up to 155 km/h. It could intensify further into a typhoon within the next 24 hours, according to PAGASA.
As of 3 a.m. on Friday, the severe tropical storm is spotted 1,965 kilometers east of Southern Luzon, moving north northwest at 10 km/h. Since it is still outside PAR, it has no effect on the country at the moment.
Maria might enhance the southwest monsoon, which would bring more rain to Palawan, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Western Visayas, and the Zamboanga Peninsula.
The state weather bureau said it could potentially become a typhoon within 24 hous. PAGASA advised the public to continue monitoring weather updates as the forecast for the severe tropical storm may still change in the coming days.
Meanwhile, southwest monsoon still affects the western section of Luzon and Visayas. Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms may be experienced in Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula and the provinces of Palawan and Mindoro. Flash floods and landslides due to light to moderate to at times heavy rains may be expected.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers.