'Ambo' to hit Bicol, cross Metro Manila

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Posted at May 12 2020 08:05 AM | Updated as of May 12 2020 11:03 AM

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MANILA - Tropical depression Ambo is expected to strengthen before slamming into Bicol Region and crossing Metro Manila later this week, the state weather bureau said Tuesday.

The Philippines' first storm in 2020 was 340 kilometers east of Surigao City, packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour and 70 kph gusts, PAGASA weather forecaster Ariel Rojas said at 6 a.m.

Moving north northwest at 15 kilometers per hour, Ambo will strengthen into a tropical storm later Tuesday and intensify into a severe tropical storm before making landfall in Albay or Sorsogon province on Thursday afternoon, he told DZMM.

Ambo will pass north of Metro Manila on Friday or Saturday and head towards the West Philippine Sea, he said.

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The storm's trough or extension on Tuesday will start bringing cloudy skies and thunderstorms that may spawn floods and landslides in Mindanao, said Rojas.

Luzon and Visayas will experience hot and humid weather that thunderstorms might mar in the afternoon or evening, he said.

Metro Manila on Monday logged a temperature of 36 degrees Celsius and a 41 °C heat index, which measures human discomfort based on the actual temperature felt by the body, said Rojas.

Higher temperatures result in higher humidity or moisture content in the air, which prevent the body from cooling down through perspiration, he said.

The public should drink plenty of water, avoid strenuous activity and stay indoors in the afternoon, he said.

Ambo bore down on the Philippines as it worked to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Metro Manila has been under "enhanced community quarantine" with most businesses shuttered since March 17. It was extended twice and President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to decide within a week whether to extend it past May 15.

Around 20 major storms in a year hit the Philippines, which is first the major landmass facing the Pacific typhoon belt.

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