TROPICAL storm “Onyok” (international name: Mitag) intensified on Saturday as it moved northwest of Luzon, the state-run Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
It said that “Onyok” may intensify further into a severe tropical storm within 24 hours but was unlikely to make landfall in any part of the country.
In its 5 p.m., bulletin, Pagasa said Onyok was spotted at 890 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
Onyok is moving northwest at 35 kilometers per hour (kph), with maximum winds of 75 kph and gustiness of up to 90 kph, the weather bureau said on Saturday.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 was raised over the seaboards of Batanes and Babuyan Islands because of potentially rough sea conditions.
The state-run weather bureau advised against sea travel, especially for small seacraft.
Onyok is expected to bring rain to Southern Luzon and Eastern Visayas while Metro Manila and other parts of the country will experience localized thunderstorms within the day, Pagasa said.
It is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Monday, September 30 or Tuesday, October 1.
Onyok is the 15th tropical cyclone to enter the country, Pagasa said.
Ten more tropical cyclones are expected within the year, the weather bureau added. FRANZ LEWIN EMBUDO