MANILA - A "very strong" typhoon off the country's Pacific coast is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility by mid-week, the state weather bureau said Monday.
Typhoon Wutip was 1,740 kilometers east of Southern Luzon at 10 a.m., packing maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour and 225 kph gusts, PAGASA said in an advisory.
Wutip will enter PAR on Thursday and will be named Betty, it added.
The storm is "very strong" but is unlikely to intensify into a super typhoon, PAGASA weather specialist Gener Quitlong said earlier.
It "poses no direct threat to any part of the country," said the weather bureau.
Wutip, a name submitted by Chinese authorities, means butterfly, it said.
The amihan or cool wind from the northeast on Monday may bring isolated light rains over Bicol region and Aurora and Quezon provinces, said PAGASA.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies, it added.
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