MANILA - Typhoon "Paolo" has strengthened while a low pressure area (LPA) off Palawan has dissipated, state weather bureau PAGASA said Friday.
In its 4 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said "Paolo" is packing maximum sustained winds of 145 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 180 kph.
The typhoon was last monitored 855 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes at 6 p.m. and is moving north northeast. It is not expected to make landfall in the Philippines.
The Visayas, Bicol region, Mimaropa and Zamboanga Peninsula may experience light to moderate with occasionally heavy rains, which may cause flooding or landslides.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country may experience occasional heavy rains and flash floods.