MANILA - A new tropical storm is about to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility, the state weather bureau said Wednesday.
In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said tropical storm "Saola" which will be named "Quedan" when it enters the country, was last seen at 1,200 km East of Virac, Catanduanes.
The storm has maximum sustained winds of 80 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 95 kph. It is expected to move northwest at 21 kph.
Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected within the 500 kilometer diameter of the storm.
It is the 17th storm to enter the country this year.
PAGASA said it will issue its next weather bulletin on the tropical storm at 11 p.m. Wednesday.