MANILA - Potential typhoon Trami is expected hit the northern Philippines, which bore the brunt of typhoon Ompong's onslaught, the state weather bureau said Sunday.
Trami, currently a tropical depression, will likely enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Sunday afternoon and will be named Paeng, said PAGASA meteorologist Aldczar Aurelio.
Spotted 1,580 kilometers east of central Luzon at 6 a.m., the storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour and gusts of 120 kph, he told DZMM Teleradyo.
"Ang maaaring lakas nito bago ito tumama ay aabot ng typhoon [category]," said Aurelio, adding that Trami will hover close to Batanes province and other neighboring northern areas.
(Its strength may reach typhoon category before it hits.)
Trami, he added, may also enhance the habagat or southwest monsoon over southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The storm comes on the heels of Ompong (international name Mangkhut), which swamped large swaths of the agricultural north and unleashed landslides and floods that killed at least 95 people.
Trami has yet to affect the country, leaving an inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) or band of clouds as the prevailing weather system for now, said Aurelio.
The ITCZ will bring cloudy skies with scattered rains in Visayas, Mindanao and Palawan, he said.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, meanwhile, could experience thunderstorms, he added.
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