MANILA (UPDATE)- Weather disturbance Kammuri has intensified into a typhoon Thursday, as it moved closer towards Bicol Region, the state weather bureau said.
In its 5 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Kammuri was spotted at 3 p.m. approximately 1,425 kilometers east of Visayas while packing maximum sustained winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and 160 kph gusts.
It was last seen moving northwest at 10 kph, inching closer to the east of the country.
PAGASA said that if Kammuri doesn't change direction, it will enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) between Saturday night or early Sunday morning. It will be locally named Tisoy once it enters PAR.
Once it enters PAR, Kammuri will affect the eastern portion of Bicol region. PAGASA said Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal no. 1 may be raised over the region on Sunday.
On Friday, cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers will prevail over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Quezon and Aurora.
Meanwhile, most of Luzon including Metro Manila will experience fair weather, except for occasional light rains.
PAGASA issued a gale warning off the coasts of Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan islands, Ilocos Region, La Union, Pangasinan, Isabela, Aurora, Quezon including Polillio Islands, Camarines Norte, northern Camarines Sur and Catanduanes.
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