MANILA (UPDATE) — State weather bureau PAGASA is monitoring a new low-pressure area (LPA) off Mindanao as severe tropical storm Ineng is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Saturday.
"Stationary siya, halos hindi gumagalaw dahil nagkakaroon sila ng interaction nitong bagyong Ineng," said weather forecaster Gener Quitlong.
(It's stationary, almost not moving because it is having an interaction with Tropical Storm Ineng.)
Quitlong said that based on available data, the LPA would likely make landfall in northern or central Luzon.
"Ito po ang tinutumbok ng LPA. Puwede pang magbago dahil malayo pa. Pero so far, 'yun ang nakikita nating datos ngayon," Quitlong said.
(That's where the LPA is headed. It might still change track because it's still far away. But so far, that's the data we are seeing now.)
The LPA will be named "Jenny" when it becomes a typhoon, he said.
Meanwhile, severe Tropical Storm Ineng continues to move towards quake-hit Batanes and was spotted at 105 kilometers north of Basco as of 7 a.m. Saturday.
It packs 100 kilometer per hour maximum sustained winds, and gusts of up to 125 kph.
The storm is moving at 30 kph west northwest.
Quitlong said Batanes and Babuyan Islands were within Ineng's 400-km radius.
"Maaapektuhan sila ng eyewall nitong bagyo kaya't masungit na panahon ang mararanasan d'yan sa Batanes at Babuyan," said Quitlong.
(The eyewall of the storm will affect them so Batanes and Babuyan will experience bad weather.)
Tropical cyclone wind signal number 2, which entails an effect of 60 to 120 kph winds within 24 hours, remains hoisted over Batanes and the Babuyan Islands.
Apayao, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Kalinga and northern Abra are still under wind signal number 1, which means these areas could experience 30 to 60 kph winds within 36 hours.
Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, and the rest of Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley may experience light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains.
Quitlong said the tropical storm may leave the Philippine area of responsibility Saturday midnight or dawn on Sunday and may head to eastern China.
The state weather bureau said the gale warning is hoisted over Luzon and eastern Visayas where waves as high as 4 meters are expected.
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