MANILA (UPDATE) - The low pressure area off Batanes has developed into a tropical depression on Wednesday morning, the state weather bureau said.
Gorio, the country's seventh storm this year, was last estimated 730 kilometers northeast of Itbayat town, Batanes as of 10 a.m., moving 20 kms per hour east northeast while packing 45-kph maximum winds with gusts of up to 55 kph, PAGASA said in its 11 a.m. advisory.
Gorio is unlikely to directly affect the country's weather throughout the forecast period, it added.
It is seen to intensify into a tropical storm in the next 12 hours and may exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Thursday morning.
The southwest monsoon may bring moderate to heavy rains over Ilocos region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and some parts of the western section of Central and Southern Luzon, according to PAGASA.
More details to follow.