MANILA - Tropical storm Onyok slightly intensified as it moved west-northwest over the Philippine Sea, the state weather agency said Saturday.
It is still less likely to make landfall in the country throughout the forecast period but it could intensify into a severe tropical storm within 24 hours, said the PAGASA.
The weather disturbance was spotted at 10 p.m. approximately 760 kilometers east of Tuguegarao, while packing maximum sustained winds of up to 85 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and 105 kph while moving west-northwest at 25 kph.
Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 1 is still raised over Batanes and the Babuyan islands.
Between Saturday night and Sunday night, the trough of Onyok will bring scattered light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms over Bicol and Eastern Visayas, the PAGASA said.
Sea travel is risky, especially for small seacrafts, over the seaboards under TCWS due to potentially rough sea conditions, the weather bureau said.
The PAGASA added that residents in affected areas should expect the following:
- Very light or no damage to low-risk structures,
- Light damage to medium to high-risk structures
- Slight damage to some houses of very light materials or makeshift structures in exposed communities. Some banana plants are tilted, a few downed and leaves are generally damaged
- Twigs of small trees may be broken.
- Rice crops, however, may suffer significant damage when it is in its flowering stage.
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