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MANILA, Philippines – Severe Tropical Storm Paolo (Lan) intensified into a typhoon early Wednesday morning, October 18.
In a briefing past 5 am on Wednesday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Paolo now has maximum winds of 120 kilometers per hour (km/h) and gustiness of up to 145 km/h.
The typhoon is already 765 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar or 745 kilometers east northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. It is moving north northwest at a slightly faster 17 km/h from the previous 15 km/h.
There are no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals since Paolo is too far from land, and it is not expected to make landfall in the Philippines. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
But the outer rainbands of the typhoon are bringing light to heavy rain to Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Bicol, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Aurora, the Visayas, and Mindanao. (READ: NDRRMC to local officials: Prepare for Severe Tropical Storm Paolo, LPA)
Paolo is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday, October 22.
PAGASA also continues to monitor a low pressure area (LPA), which has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone.
The LPA is already 260 kilometers west northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, bringing light to heavy rain to the province. (READ: Puerto Princesa Underground River tours suspended due to LPA)
The rest of Luzon, meanwhile, will have isolated thunderstorms.
PAGASA also warned that coastal waters in the country are moderate to rough. – Rappler.com