MANILA - "Ramil" intensified into a tropical storm Thursday as it continued to move away from the Philippines, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
The storm was last spotted 365 kms west of Coron, Palawan. It is forecast to move west at 16 kph, packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
PAGASA lifted all storm warning signals earlier Thursday as "Ramil" is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by the evening or early Friday morning.
Still, moderate to heavy rains are expected over the Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon due to the interaction between "Ramil" and the northwest monsoon.
The state weather bureau warned residents in these areas against possible landslides and flash floods.
Meanwhile, light to moderate rains and occasional thunderstorms are still expected in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.