MANILA (2nd UPDATE)—A low-pressure area (LPA) spotted near Virac, Catanduanes has developed into tropical depression Ineng Tuesday night, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
Ineng is the ninth tropical cyclone to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) this year.
Weather specialist Ariel Rojas said Ineng is unlikely to make landfall, but it may intensify into a tropical storm within 24 hours.
As of 3 a.m. Wednesday, Ineng was spotted 975 kilometers east of Virac town. It maintained its strength, packing maximum winds of up to 55 kilometers per hour (kph), with gusts of up to 70 kph.
Forecast to move northwestward, Ineng is moving at a speed of 15 kph.
Rojas said scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rains would prevail over Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas.
Ineng is expected to leave PAR on Sunday, August 25.
Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon or habagat continues to prevail over the western section of northern Luzon, which will bring scattered rain showers over Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains due to localized thunderstorms.
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