MANILA (UPDATE) - The low pressure area east of Catanduanes developed into a tropical depression on Tuesday morning, the state weather bureau said.
Ramon, the 18th storm to affect the country this year, was last spotted 835 kilometers east southeast of Virac, Catanduanes, with maximum winds of 55 km per hour and gusts of up to 70 kph.
The storm, which was moving west at 20 kph, is expected to intensify into a tropical storm within 48 hours and might make landfall over eastern Luzon on Sunday, PAGASA said.
Light to moderate rains may be experienced over Bicol region, Samar Provinces, Romblon, Marinduque, and Southern Quezon, it added.
The weather bureau said tropical cyclone wind signal no. 1 may be raised over Eastern Samar and the eastern section of Northern Samar in its next bulletin at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
It warned fisherfolks that sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon and Visayas.
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