MANILA, Philippines - Weather bureau PAGASA said it expects at least four more storms to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) before the year ends.
“Inaasahan pa natin na at least meron pang apat [na bagyo] hanggang sa bago matapos ang taon na papasok o mabubuo dito sa PAR,” said Jori Loiz of PAGASA said in an interview with ABS-CBN correspondent Jeck Batallones.
The country is still recovering from the aftermath of typhoon "Yolanda" that slammed most parts of the Visayas region.
Yolanda, which has left the country on Saturday afternoon, is the 25th storm to enter the Philippines.
Loiz assured that there is nothing unusual with the number of typhoons that has been hitting the country this year.
“Meron pa tayong partikular na taon kung saan umabot ng 30 na bagyo dito sa Pilipinas so itong nangyayari ngayon ay hindi naman unusual,” he said.
An average of 20 typhoons enter the Philippines each a year.
Meanwhile, Loiz said they are monitoring a cloud cluster outside the Philippine area. He said there is a chance that it could develop into another storm.
“Isang cloud cluster pa lang ito, pero pwedeng maging LPA (low pressure area) before or after pagpasok ng PAR,” he said.
“Pwede pa rin itong matunaw pag nakaharap siya sa isang unfavorable condition, pwede siyang mag-dissipate,” added Loiz. “Pero kung maganda ang kondisyon n’ya, pwede itong maging bagyo.”