MANILA - Typhoon Paolo (international name Lan) is forecast to become a supertyphoon, the United States Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said Wednesday.
"Typhoon 25W (Lan) is forecast to intensify rapidly to super typhoon strength by TAU 48 (hours),” the JTWC said in its 3 p.m. (Greenwich Mean Time) tropical cyclone warning.
Philippine state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday night that the tropical cyclone has maintained its strength and will continue to move north northwest at 16 kph.
In its 11 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said Paolo was last spotted 830 km east of Legazpi City, Albay. It is packing sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour and gusts of 145 kph.
The typhoon is heading for Japan and is not expected to make landfall over the Philippines.
The outer rain bands of the typhoon will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains in Bicol region, Eastern Visayas, and Caraga as well as light to moderate rains over the rest of Southern Luzon, of Visayas and of Mindanao.
Meanwhile, a low pressure area was tracked 305 kilometers west of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. It will bring light to moderate with occasional heavy rains in the province, PAGASA said.
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