A NEW typhoon with the international name “Soudelor” will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday.
The typhoon will be named “Hanna” once inside Philippine territory. Although it will not directly hit the country, it will induce monsoons rains, particularly in extreme northern Luzon.
The weather bureau said Soudelor first made landfall on Saipan, a commonwealth of the US located in the Pacific Ocean, on August 2, destroying electricity and water infrastructure.
“Hanna” is expected to enter the country as a super typhoon but it may only graze the extreme northern area of Luzon.
The Philippines is currently being affected by an intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), which is causing light to moderate rains in certain areas, with the possibility of thunderstorms.
The weather bureau expects two to four cyclones to enter the country this month.
FRANCIS EARL A. CUETO