MANILA—Typhoon Hagibis is unlikely to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday.
The weather disturbance, which the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) categorizes as super typhoon, is heading towards Japan, sparing the Philippines from its strong winds and heavy rains.
Hagibis is barrelling across the northwestern Pacific Ocean and was last spotted 2,020 kilometers east of northern Luzon, weather specialist Meno Mendoza said.
It is packing maximum sustained winds of 200 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 245 kph.
Hagibis is forecast to move northwest at 20 kph, Mendoza added.
PAGASA earlier said Hagibis may enter PAR on Friday, at which point it will be locally named "Perla."
The northeasterly surface windflow is currently prevailing over Luzon.
Bicol Region will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
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