MANILA - The low pressure area being monitored by PAGASA off extreme Northern Luzon has developed into a tropical depression, the weather bureau said on Sunday.
Storm signal number 1 is now up over the Batanes group of islands and the Babuyan group of islands.
Tropical depression Isang was last spotted 735 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes packing winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center, with gusts of 65 kph.
PAGASA said that while Isang will have no direct effect yet on the country, it is already enhancing the southwest monsoon or habagat, which may bring rains in the coming days.
Isang is the ninth storm to enter the Philippines this year and first in August.
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