MANILA - Weather disturbance Nimfa has intensified into a severe tropical storm and is expected to continue intensifying Friday, the state weather agency said.
Nimfa, however, is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility Saturday morning.
The weather system was spotted 4:00 p.m. approximately 630 kilometers east-northeast of Basco town, Batanes while packing maximum sustained winds of up to 95 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and 115 kph gusts.
Between Friday and Saturday afternoon, the southwest monsoon will bring occasional light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, and Calamian Islands.
Intermittent light to moderate rains with scattered heavy rain showers during thunderstorms, meanwhile, will be experienced over Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Calabarzon, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Camarines Provinces, and the rest of Central Luzon and northern portion of Palawan.
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 will remain moderate to rough.