The typhoon over the Pacific Ocean with international name “Phanfone” is expected toenter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) before noon Friday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
As of 4 a.m., “Phanfone” was spotted at 1,514kilometers east of extreme Northern Luzon (21.5°N, 136.5°E).
It had maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour(kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph.
It was moving northwest at 20 kph.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Manny Mendoza said that once the typhoon enters the country, it will be locally named “Neneng” — the first tropical cyclone to visit the country this month and the 14th for this year.
Mendoza said that if the typhoon maintains its current track, it was not expected to make landfall in any part of the country.
He said it would also leave the PAR by Saturday morning, heading towards southern Japan.
“Wala itong direktang epekto sa bansa dahil napakalayonito sa ating landmass mula sa PAR line na posibleng daanan nito (There is no direct effect in the country because it’s too far in the landmass as it will pass through the PAR line),” he noted.
It is expected to pass through the corner top of the PAR line of extreme Northern Luzon and will exit in the next 24 hours,” he added.
However, Mendoza said the Bicol region, Visayas andMindanao would still have cloudy and rainy weather for the next three days.
Because of the intertropical convergence zone (ITZC), hesaid these areas will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains until Sunday.
He said the rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, willhave partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains due to localized thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, Mendoza said the weather bureau has spotted anew low pressure area (LPA) over the Pacific Ocean that may enter the country next week.
He said the Japan Meteorological Agency has alreadycategorized the weather disturbance as a tropical depression.
If it does not dissipate in the coming days, Mendoza saidthe LPA will likely enter the country either Tuesday or Wednesday next week.
After “Neneng,” Mendoza said the next cyclone that willvisit the country will be named “Ompong.”
PAGASA expects two or three cyclones to affect thecountry this month.
For Friday forecast, PAGASA said the regions of Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, CARAGA, Davao and ARMM will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
It added Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
PAGASA also said moderate to occasionally strong winds blowing from the northeast to northwest will prevail over the eastern section of Luzon and coming from the west and southwest over the eastern section of Visayas and of Mindanao.
The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough. Winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to northwest over the rest of Luzon and coming from the southwest over the rest of the country with slight to moderate seas. PNA