MANILA – Weather bureau PAGASA said that "Nepartak" has intensified into a typhoon and is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
The typhoon, which will be named "Butchoy" once it enters PAR, is not expected to make landfall.
However, it will enhance the southwest monsoon which will bring rains to western portions of Luzon and Visayas.
At 10 a.m. today, the typhoon was spotted 1570 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora.
It had maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of 150 kph.
It was forecast to move northwest at 30 kph.
The typhoon was forecast to be 1,010 km east of Aparri, Cagayan on Wednesday morning and 495 km east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes on Thursday morning.
No tropical cyclone warning signal has been raised yet.
Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 300- kilometer diameter of the typhoon.