MANILA, Philippines - A weather forecaster said Friday that a new weather disturbance spotted near the Marianas Islands may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Saturday night and hover near Northern Luzon, which is still reeling from the effects of Typhoon Juan.
Bernie de Leon of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), however, said that the weather disturbance, to be named "Katring" if it enters the PAR, will not directly hit the country.
De Leon said "Katring" will hover near Northern Luzon, but will travel towards Japan.
"Base sa mga numerical models, ipinapakita dito bagamat lalapit ito sa Northern Luzon ay unti-unti naman itong liliko papunta sa southern Japan (Based on our numerical models, it will hover near Northern Luzon but it will move towards southern Japan)," the weather forecaster told ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda."
Packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour, "Katring" is weaker compared to super typhoon Juan.
De Leon said the weather disturbance was still hovering near the Marianas Islands and was moving west northwest at 20 kilometers per hour.
"Kung magtutuluy-tuloy ito sa kanyang direksyon, ito'y posibleng hindi na makaapekto sa ating bansa (If the weather disturbance maintains its direction, there's a possibility that it will not affect the country)," he said.
Meanwhile, De Leon said that the effects of super typhoon Juan are still being felt in Luzon. He said rains will be felt in the entire region on Friday.
'Juan' leaves 26 dead
In its 6 a.m. Friday update, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 26 people have been confirmed killed due to the typhoon. The most number of fatalities were recorded in Pangasinan province.
Three people in Nueva Ecija and another one in Aurora have also been reported missing while 34 people were injured, the NDRRMC report added.
The NDRRMC pegged the super typhoon's damage to agriculture at P7.54 billion and damage to infrastructure at P67 million.
The NDRRMC added that based on reports from its provincial units in Ilocos, Central Luzon, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Autonomous Region and Metro Manila, a total of 187,860 houses were totally and partially damaged by the typhoon.
It added that the typhoon affected at least 1.3 million people in 23 provinces in 5 Luzon regions. Majority of those affected are in the provinces of Isabela, Cagayan, La Union, Abra, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.
Of the total number of people affected, only 32,909 remain in 251 evacuation centers.