MANILA (UPDATED) - A low-pressure area (LPA) brewing east of the country's east coast has intensified into a tropical depression, state weather bureau PAGASA said early Saturday.
The tropical depression is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) early Tuesday morning, October 2, weather specialist Gener Quitlong said.
It will be the 17th tropical cyclone to enter the country and will be named Queenie.
In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, the tropical depression was last spotted at 2,245 kilometers east northeast of the Visayas.
"Napakalayo pa po nito at wala pang epekto sa ating bansa," Quitlong said.
It currently packs maximum sustained winds of 60 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 75 kph and moving at a speed of up to 40 kph.
"Posible po na sa pagpasok ng bagyong ito sa Philippine area of responsibility ay maging isang tropical storm," Quitlong added.
According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), the tropical depression is expected to intensify into a tropical storm within the next 12 to 24 hours.
The tropical depression is expected to reach the northern border of PAR on Thursday, October 4, and will recurve towards Japan.
Meanwhile, Typhoon Paeng has maintained its strength as it moves away from the Philippine area of responsibility, PAGASA said.
As of 5 a.m. Saturday, the eye of the typhoon was spotted 680 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes. It is expected to leave the country on Saturday morning.
Paeng continues to pack maximum sustained winds of up to 160 kph near the center and gusts of up to 195 kph.
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