MANILA - Tropical depression Ineng intensified into a tropical storm Wednesday afternoon as it gained strength, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
As of 3 p.m., Ineng's center was spotted at 1,135 kilometers east of Infanta, Quezon and continues to bring scattered rains over the Bicol region, Eastern Visayas and Quezon province.
The storm has picked up speed at 15 kilometers per hour and is moving northwest, PAGASA weather specialist Aldczar Aurelio said.
While Ineng packs stronger winds of 65 kph and gusts at 80kph, Aurelio said the storm is unlikely to make landfall.
The weather disturbance is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Sunday, Aurelio said.
No storm warning signal has been raised.
PAGASA, however, warned of rains in Batanes, the Babuyan Group of Islands, and Mimaropa due to the prevailing southwest monsoon or Habagat.
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