MANILA - Tropical storm "Paolo" has yet to directly affect the Philippines, but a low pressure area is set to dump rains over large swaths of the country, state weather bureau PAGASA said Tuesday.
At 3 a.m., the LPA was last spotted 165 kilometers west of Coron, Palawan and was embedded in an Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) or cloud band, said PAGASA meteorologist Meno Mendoza.
The LPA will bring cloudy skies with scattered rains in Visayas, Mindanao, Bicol region and Palawan, Mendoza told DZMM.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, he added, will experience fair weather except for rains in the afternoon or evening.
Paolo meanwhile was last spotted 885 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. It was packing sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 105 kph, said Mendoza.
"Kakapasok lang po nito sa Philippine area kagabi so halos hindi pa po nakakaapekto nang direkta," the meteorologist said.
(It entered the Philippine area late Monday so it has yet to directly affect the country.)
Paolo, he said, is not expected to make landfall while the LPA is unlikely to intensify into a cyclone.
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