MANILA (UPDATE) – State weather bureau PAGASA on Tuesday said it is monitoring a new potential cyclone outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).
PAGASA weather forecaster Jori Loiz said a low pressure area (LPA) that was still outside the PAR was spotted east of Bicol Region.
Loiz said the LPA is expected to enter PAR this week, and its likelihood of developing into a full-fledged cyclone is high. In case it intensifies into a cyclone within PAR, it will be locally named "Inday."
Meanwhile, Typhoon Henry is now on its way towards Taiwan.
PAGASA said due to Henry, Batanes Group of Islands remains under public storm warning signal number 2. This means that the province should expect winds of 61-100 kilometers per hour (kph) in at least 24 hours.
Cagayan, Babuyan Group of Islands, and Calayan Group of Islands are under signal number 1. These areas should expect winds of 30-60 kph is in at least 36 hours.
PAGASA said Henry was spotted 170 kms east northeast of Basco, Batanes as of 10 a.m. Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, the typhoon is expected to be already outside the PAR.
The typhoon slightly picked up strength and is now packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gusts of up to 170 kph. It was moving northwest at 24 kph.
Henry will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, and bring rains over Western Visayas and parts of Luzon. PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said monsoon rains may still be felt until Thursday or Friday.
Henry is expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Cagayan Valley.
Fishermen and those with small sea vessels are advised not to venture out into the eastern, southern and western seaboards of Luzon and the seaboards of Visayas.