MANILA—State weather bureau PAGASA said late Monday night tropical storm Hanna is expected to strengthen into a severe tropical storm Tuesday.
Weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin said the weather disturbance maintained its strength, packing maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 105 kph.
As of 10 p.m. Monday, Hanna was located 810 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan.
Bulquerin said Hanna is not expected to hit land, but will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon or habagat.
The northern portion of Palawan, including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, Mindoro provinces, Romblon, Aklan and Antique will experience moderate to heavy rains.
Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Mimaropa and the Visayas will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms.
Floods and landslides may hit these areas during severe thunderstorms.
Based on Hanna's latest forecast track, it is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Friday.
Bulquerin said a low-pressure area (LPA) spotted in northern Luzon has developed into a tropical depression.
He said the tropical depression is not expected to enter PAR and has no significant effect on the country.
Bad weather has grounded several flights and forced the cancellation of classes in some parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
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