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MANILA, Philippines – The tropical storm spotted over the Caroline Islands in the Western Pacific Ocean is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsbility (PAR) in the afternoon or evening of Sunday, April 6.
State weather bureau PAGASA, in its 11 am, April 5 weather advisory, said the storm – with international name Peipah – was spotted 1,470 kilometers east of Southern Mindanao.
It runs on maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near its center with gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is expected to move west-northwest at 20 kph.
It will not affect any part of the country within the next 24 hours.
Tropical Storm Peipah is expected to intensify. A forecast by independent weather group Weather Philippines shows that by early Tuesday, the storm’s one-minute maximum sustained winds may reach 100 kph.
By early morning of Tuesday, April 8, the storm’s core will be over the central part of the South Philippine Sea.
Weather Philippines predicts the storm will be in the vicinity of the eastern coast of Surigao and Siargao on Wednesday.
(Data from Weather Philippines is not official data. Official weather information is issued by state weather bureau PAGASA.)
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is monitoring Peipah’s approach. But they gave assurances that although the storm could get stronger, it won’t be as devastating as Typhoon Yolanda. – Rappler.com