Powerful tropical cyclone “Goni” was forecast to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday afternoon and there’s a chance that it may intensify and hit land, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Monday.
Once inside the country, “Goni” will be named “Ineng.” It is the ninth tropical cyclone to enter the Philippines this year.
The weather bureau said there is a possibility that the typhoon will change course and head towards extreme northern Luzon where it will make landfall.
“If the high pressure area up north remains, it will prevent ‘Goni’ from continuing its west-northwest track and force this tropical cyclone to veer towards extreme northern Luzon instead,” said forecaster Jori Loiz.
As of 4 p.m on Monday, the eye of the typhoon was located at 1,945 km East of Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 170 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 205 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 20 kph.
While it will not intensify into a super typhoon, “Ineng” will enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring light to heavy rains in Mindanao this week.
The weather bureau also continues to monitor another tropical cyclone (Atsani) outside the country.