Tropical depression “Egay” gained strength and speed as it moved toward extreme Luzon on Thursday afternoon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Weather forecaster Samuel Duran said that as of 4 p.m., “Egay” was located at 480 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes with wind strength of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center.
Duran said the tropical depression has a slim chance of making landfall.
However, once “Egay” approa¬ches extreme Northern Luzon, it will enhance the southwest monsoon that will induce rains in most parts of the country.
Duran said the weather bureau also continues to monitor tropical storm “Chan-Hom” and a low-pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippines.
He said either the tropical storm or LPA will enter the country next week.