Storm heads for Philippines ahead of Valentine's Day

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Posted at Feb 11 2018 11:03 AM | Updated as of Feb 11 2018 05:47 PM

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(UPDATED) A cyclone is set to enter the Philippines on Sunday ahead of Valentine's Day, the state weather bureau said. 

"Basyang" was spotted 1,200 kilometers east of Mindanao at 10 a.m., packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour and gusts of 65 kph, PAGASA said. 

It will be the second storm to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this year. It would be inside PAR between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., PAGASA meteorologist Ariel Rojas told DZMM. 

The tropical depression may make landfall in Visayas or Mindanao, he said.
 
Basyang has no direct effect yet on the country. PAGASA is monitoring if it will dampen Valentine's Day celebrations on Wednesday, Rojas added. 

In the meantime, the northeast monsoon or amihan will bring scattered rains in the regions of Cagayan Valley and Cordillera, and cloudy skies in Ilocos, said PAGASA. 

Metro Manila and the rest of the country meanwhile may experience 
localized thunderstorms that could trigger floods or landslides, the bureau said. 

DZMM, 11 February 2018