MANILA - The weather disturbance east of Luzon has intensified into a severe tropical storm on Tuesday morning, the state weather bureau said.
As of 10 a.m., PAGASA said severe tropical storm Hanna was last spotted 795 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan, almost stationary while packing maximum sustained winds of 95 km per hour and gusts of up to 115 kph.
The storm, unlikely to hit land, is expected to intensify into a typhoon in the next 48 hours. It is forecast to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday.
PAGASA added it was monitoring a low pressure area seen 365 km west of Iba, Zambales, which is unlikely to develop into a tropical depression.
It said moderate to heavy monsoon rains may affect Western Visayas, northern portions of Palawan (including Calamian and Cuyo Islands), Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Cavite, Batangas, and Laguna until Wednesday.
Metro Manila, Central Visayas, and the rest of Luzon will experience scattered rains and thunderstorms.
The state weather bureau also raised a red heavy rainfall warning over Occidental Mindoro and Palawan (Busuanga, Coron, Culion, Linapacan, El Nido, Taytay), where serious flooding and landslides are expected.
A yellow rainfall warning was hoisted over the towns of Agutaya, Magsaysay, Cuyo, Taytay, Dumaran, Aracelli in Palawan.
Bad weather has forced the cancellation of classes in some parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
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