'Pablo' hovers off Batangas

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 07 2012 12:36 PM | Updated as of Dec 07 2012 08:39 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm "Pablo" remains inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) and is now hovering off Batangas, weather bureau PAGASA said on Friday.

PAGASA said as of 10 a.m., Pablo was spotted 540 kilometers west of Ambulong, Batangas.

Pablo was downgraded to a storm Friday morning. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 140 kph.

It was moving north-northwest at 7 kph.

Fishing boats and other sea vessels are still advised not to venture out into the seaboards of northern and central Luzon and the western seaboard of southern Luzon due to rough sea conditions.

Pablo is expected to be 495 kms west of Iba, Zambales or outside the PAR on Saturday morning.

Pablo, considered the worst typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, has already left 418 people dead, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

This figure is expected to rise since 383 people remain missing.