Typhoon Wutip strengthens outside PAR


Posted at Feb 22 2019 05:56 AM

MANILA - State weather bureau PAGASA said Friday a tropical cyclone outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) has intensified into a typhoon.

Weather specialist Loriedin De La Cruz said the weather disturbance with international name Wutip was last spotted at 2,400 kilometers east of Mindanao.

The typhoon packs maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph), with gusts of up to 160 kph. It continues to move northwest at a speed of 15 kph.

De La Cruz said current forecast models show that the typhoon is not likely to enter PAR.

Meanwhile, the northeasterly surface windflow is currently affecting Luzon and the Visayas.

Metro Manila will experience partly cloudy skies. Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will have isolated light rains.

Visit the ABS-CBN Weather Center for the latest weather updates.