MANILA — Tropical depression Perla maintained its strength as it moved closer to northern Luzon where it may hit land this weekend, the state weather bureau said Thursday.
Perla was 860 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan as of 10 a.m., packing winds of 45 kilometers per hour and 55 kph gusts, said PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez.
PAGASA may raise tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 over parts of Luzon on Friday, which means these areas may be lashed by 30 to 60 kph winds in 24 hours, he said.
The country's 16th storm this year will start bringing rains and thunderstorms in the northernmost provinces of Batanes, Cagayan and Apayao on Saturday, he said.
On Sunday, Perla may weaken into a low pressure area before it makes landfall over Cagayan due to cold winds from the northeast, PAGASA weather forecaster Lorie Dela Cruz told ABS-CBN News.
Perla may still trigger floods and landslides but will have "no wind impact", she said.
PAGASA is also monitoring a shallow low pressure area outside the Philippines, he said.
Fishermen and small boats are advised not to venture off the eastern seaboard of Luzon, where waves will be "moderate to rough" starting Thursday, Perez said.
Perla approached the Philippines about a week after Typhoon Hagibis spared the country, heading instead to Japan, where it halted bullet train operations, knocked power in 10,000 households and left nearly 80 dead.
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