MANILA - Severe tropical storm "Paolo" has maintained its strength and is not likely to make landfall in the Philippines, the state weather bureau said Tuesday.
In its 5 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said Paolo was packing sustained winds of 90 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 115 kph.
"'Paolo' is expected to intensify into a typhoon within the next 24-36 hours as it moves northward but it is less likely to make landfall," PAGASA said in its advisory.
It was last spotted 655 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar and is expected to move north-northeast at 10 kilometers per hour.
The Bicol region, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and Palawan may experience scattered light to moderate and occasionally heavy rains.
Meanwhile, scattered rainshowers or thunderstorms are expected over Metro Manila and rest of Luzon on Tuesday afternoon and evening.
Paolo is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Saturday night or Sunday morning.
A low pressure area has also been sighted 270 kilometers west-southwest of Coron, Palawan. It is not expected to intensify into a tropical depression.