MANILA— Severe tropical storm Sarah maintained its strength as it continues to move north, state weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday night.
The storm is still packing maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph.
Sarah was last seen at 275 kilometers east-northeast of Basco, Batanes as of 10 p.m., PAGASA said.
Moving north at a speed of 10 kph, the storm is forecast to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Saturday morning.
According to PAGASA, Sarah is no longer expected to bring significant rainfall activity over the country.
However, the easterlies will bring isolated to scattered thunderstorms across the country, especially in the eastern section of the Philippines.
Gusty conditions will also be experienced from Thursday until Friday over the Babuyan Islands due to the surge of the northeast monsoon or amihan.
Sea travel, likewise, remain risky, especially for small sea crafts, over the seaboards of Northern Luzon, and the western seaboard of Zambales due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions caused by Sarah and the amihan.
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