TROPICAL storm “Gorio” intensified into a severe tropical storm as it began to move northwestward, the state-run weather bureau said on Thursday.
In its 5 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that as of 4 p.m., the center of “Gorio” was 585 kilometers east-northeast of Casiguran, Aurora.
”Gorio” has maximum sustained winds of 90 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 115 kph. It is forecast to move northwest at 13 kph, according to Pagasa.
Pagasa said that “Gorio” would continue to enhance the southwest monsoon which would bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over the western section of Luzon, including Metro Manila and light to moderate rains over the rest of Luzon and the Visayas.
The estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 550-km diamater of “Gorio”, Pagasa said.
By Friday afternoon, “Gorio” is estimated to be 400 kms east of Basco, Batanes; 245 kms north-northeast of Basco by Saturday; 365 kms north-northwest of Basco by Sunday; 595 kms north-northwest of Basco by Monday; and 770 kms north-northwest of Basco by Tuesday afternoon, Pagasa said.
The public and the disaster risk reduction and management councils concerned have been advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next weather bulletin to be issued at 11 p.m. Thursday.