PAGASA MTSAT image as of 5 p.m., 1 August 2014. Image courtesy of PAGASA.
MANILA - The tropical storm outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) has further intensified, state weather bureau PAGASA said Friday afternoon.
In its 5 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said the storm, with international name "Halong," is now packing maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 135 kph.
Halong was spotted 1,610 kilometers east of Central Luzon as of 4 p.m.
It is expected to move slowly in a west northwest direction.
Speaking to radio dzMM, PAGASA weather forecaster Fernando Cada said that with its current speed and direction, Halong is expected to enter the PAR by Sunday evening or Monday morning.
Cada said the storm still has no direct effect on the country.
However, the southwest monsoon (habagat) continues to bring rains, particularly over Luzon and Western Visayas.
PAGASA said Ilocos Region and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan will experience monsoon rains, which may trigger flash floods and landslides.
Metro Manila, the rest of Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region and Western Visayas will have occasional rains.
Meanwhile, the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rains or thunderstorms, PAGASA added.
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