MANILA - Tropical storm Nimfa has accelerated as it moved north-northwestward, the state weather agency said Thursday.
The weather disturbance was spotted at 10:00 p.m. approximately 715 kilometers east-northeast of Basco town, Batanes packing maximum sustained winds of up to 65 kilometers per hour (kph) with 80 kph gusts.
PAGASA earlier said Nimfa may exit the Philippine area of responsibility Saturday morning.
Between Thursday night and Friday evening, frequent light to moderate with occasional heavy rains will be experienced in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon.
Occasional light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains will prevail over Bicol Region, Pangasinan, Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, Marinduque, and Calamian Islands while scattered rains and isolated thunderstorms will affect the rest of Luzon.
Residents of the aforementioned areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to floods and rain-induced landslides, are advised to take precautionary measures.
PAGASA said sea travel is risky, especially for small seacrafts, over the seaboards of northern and central Luzon and the eastern seaboard of southern Luzon due to potentially rough to very rough sea conditions.
The other seaboards of the country, meanwhile, will remain moderate to rough.