MANILA — A storm off the country's Pacific coast is gathering strength as the Philippines hosts the Southeast Asian Games, the state weather bureau said Wednesday.
Kammuri was 1,950 kilometers east of Visayas, packing 105 kilometer per hour gusts and 85 kph maximum sustained winds, up from 60 kph, said PAGASA weather specialist Aldczar Aurelio.
The storm will be named Tisoy when it enters the Philippine area of responsibility this weekend, which also marks the opening of the 30th SEA Games, said PAGASA weather forecaster Raymond Ordinario.
The country's 20th storm this year is expected to further intensify as it creeps closer to eastern Visayas and Bicol, he told radio DZMM.
The SEA Games will be held in 56 venues in Metro Manila and other Luzon provinces like Tarlac, Zambales, Laguna and Cavite starting Saturday. Its organizers are already wrestling with various logistical issues like transportation troubles, unfinished venues and inadequate food served to the athletes.
Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region and Palawan province on Wednesday will experience cloudy skies and thunderstorms, said Ordinario.
Light rains will dampen Cordillera, Cagayan Valley, Bicol Region, and Aurora and Quezon provinces, while fair weather in Metro Manila and the rest of the country may be marred by isolated rains, he added.
PAGASA is expecting one more storm to enter the country before the year ends, Ordinario said.
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