The Low Pressure Area (LPA) east of Virac, Catanduanes has developed into a tropical depression and was named “Santi”, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Santi, is the second cyclone to visit the country this month and the 19th for this year.
As of 4 a.m. Wednesday, Santi was spotted at 600 km east of Virac, Catanduanes (14.2°N, 130.4°E) with maximum winds of 45 kph with maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and it was moving West Northwest at 15 kph.
Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said no storm signal warning has been raised since the cyclone was too far to directly affect any part of the country.
If it maintains its present direction, Aurelio said theSanti will likely make landfall in Northern Luzon area by weekend.
He noted that the country would likely feel its effectonce it gets near to the country’s landmass.
For Wednesday forecast, Aurelio said the IntertropicalConvergence Zone (ITCZ) will continue to bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains in Mindanao, Visayas, Bicol region and Mimaropa.
The rest of the country, including Metro Manila, he notedwill remain to have partly cloudy skies to at times cloudy with possible isolated rains in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms. PNA