“PERLA” has intensified into a tropical storm as it slowed down off the coast east of extreme Northern Luzon, the state-run weather bureau said on Friday.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Perla gained strength, packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of 80 kph. It was last spotted at 790 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes but was almost stationary.
Pagasa weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin said Perla had no direct effect on the country yet but may bring scattered rains and thunderstorms over Batanes Cagayan, Babuyan Islands, and Apayao on Friday.
Gale warning remains up in Batanes, Cagayan, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, and Isabela. Small sea vessels are advised against venturing out into these seas.
Perla is expected to make landfall on Sunday.