Typhoon Bualoi rapidly intensifies, unlikely to hit Philippines

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 22 2019 07:24 AM | Updated as of Oct 22 2019 07:51 AM

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MANILA—Typhoon Bualoi quickly developed an eye and powerful thunderstorms as it intensified further, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said Monday.

Bualoi, which is currently churning over the Pacific Ocean, was first spotted as a tropical depression last October 19 before it developed into a tropical storm.

Bualoi then turned into a typhoon on Oct. 20, NASA added. 

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State weather bureau PAGASA, meanwhile, said the typhoon is unlikely to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

Based on its latest forecast track, Bualoi is expected to move towards southern Japan, weather specialist Lorie Dela Cruz said.

Joint Typhoon Warning Center

The typhoon is currently packing 110 kph winds and gusts of up to 135 kph. It was last spotted 2,575 kilometers east of northern Luzon.

PAGASA said the northeasterly surface windflow is currently prevailing over Luzon.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

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