MANILA - Tropical Depression Ambo is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm within 24 hours as it approached Eastern Visayas, the state weather bureau said Tuesday morning.
The country's first storm this year is set to bring scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rain showers over Mindanao in the same period, PAGASA said in its 11 a.m. bulletin.
It was last seen 385 kilometers east of Surigao City, almost stationary with maximum winds of 55 km per hour and 70 kph gusts, according to PAGASA senior weather specialist Chris Perez.
Tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 may be raised over portions of Eastern Visayas later Tuesday due to Ambo's potentially strong winds, PAGASA said.
The storm is set to hit land over Bicol region on Thursday and cross Metro Manila and Quezon province on Friday, Perez said.
Ambo bore down on the Philippines as efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic continued. Metro Manila has been under lockdown with most businesses shuttered since March 16.
The quarantine measure was expanded to all of Luzon and extended twice, and President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to decide within the week whether to extend it past Friday.
Around 20 major storms in a year hit the Philippines, the closest major landmass facing the Pacific typhoon belt.
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