TROPICAL storm “Julian” (international name: Maysak) may intensify into a typhoon late Saturday night as it remains almost stationary over the Philippine Sea, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
In its 5 p.m. bulletin, Pagasa said “Julian” was currently 700 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora with maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 125kph, according to weather specialist Loriedin dela Cruz.
While far from the landmass, Julian is intensifying rapidly into a typhoon, peaking in intensity by Monday before exiting the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on the same day.
Since it is less likely to cause a strong impact all over the country, Pagasa did not raise tropical cyclone wind signals throughout the forecast period.
Pagasa said the Bicol region and provinces of Quezon, Aurora, Isabela and Cagayan will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms, which may cause possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to “habagat” and localized thunderstorms, it said.
There will be moderate to rough seas over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon, the state-run weather agency said.