Tropical Storm “Henry” has gained strength and speed as it to moves northwest, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said on Saturday.
In its advisory, PAGASA said that as of 4 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm “Henry” was estimated based on all available data at 620 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.
Henry’s maximum sustained winds increase from 65 kph to 75 near the center and gustiness also rose from 80 kph to 90 kph.
It is forecast to move northwest and accelerated its speed from 9 kph to 15 kph.
With its movement, PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez said tropical storm Henry is not likely to make landfall and will instead move toward east of Northern Luzon.
Perez also said the state weather bureau issued a gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with tropical storm Henry which would affect the eastern seaboard of Visayas and Mindanao.
“Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” PAGASA warned.
For Saturday forecast, PAGASA said Visayas, Mindanao, Bicol region, Cagayan Valley region and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms .
It added the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms.
PAGASA also said moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to south will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate blowing from the west to northwest with slight to moderate seas. PNA