MANILA - A potential super typhoon continued to move closer to the Philippines on Monday as a low pressure area or brewing storm off Luzon's northern tip gathered strength, the state weather bureau said.
Spotted 200 kilometers north, the LPA is expected to develop into a tropical depression within 24 hours. It will bring cloudy skies and scattered rains over Ilocos, Apayao, Abra and Batanes provinces and Babuyan islands, said PAGASA meteorologist Shiela Reyes.
Typhoon Mangkhut, meanwhile, was 2,745 kilometers east of Southern Luzon, packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour and 160 kph gusts, Reyes told radio DZMM.
Mangkhut may intensify into a super typhoon as it moves over the Pacific Ocean, PAGASA earlier said.
The typhoon is expected to hit the US territory of Guam in the Pacific before entering the Philippine area of responsibility on Wednesday, said Reyes.
Mangkhut will lash the Batanes and Cagayan areas with heavy rains by Saturday. Its outer rains bands, meanwhile, will extend up to Metro Manila, the weather forecaster warned.
The public is urged to monitor updates on the typhoon as its tract may still change, said Reyes.
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