MANILA -- A tropical cyclone off the Philippines' Pacific coast has intensified into a severe tropical storm as it moved closer to the country, on the heels of typhoon Paeng's exit, the state weather bureau said Sunday.
Spotted 1,445 kilometers east of Visayas, severe tropical storm Kong-Rey was packing maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour and 95 kph gusts, PAGASA said in an 11 a.m. advisory.
If it keeps moving west northwest at 25 kph, Kong-Rey will enter the country's area of responsibility on Monday or Tuesday, and will be named Queenie, said PAGASA meteorologist Aldczar Aurelio.
Like Paeng, the approaching storm will hover close to Luzon's northern tip, but is unlikely to make a direct hit on land, Aurelio told radio DZMM.
Kong-rey may intensify into a typhoon, PAGASA weather specialist Meno Mendoza added in a separate Facebook broadcast.
Paeng left the Philippines on Saturday, without making landfall. However, it continues to make sea travel risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon, said Mendoza.
Eastern Visayas on Sunday will experience cloudy skies with scattered rains, while Metro Manila and the rest of country can expect fair weather that may be marred by localized thunderstorms, Aurelio said.
Four to 6 more storms may enter the country before the year ends, he added.
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