Weather bureau Pagasa said on its 11 am severe bulletin weather bulletin that the Tropical Depression outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) remains unlikely to enter the country.
At 10:00 AM today, the Tropical Depression outside the PAR was estimated based on all available data at 1,895 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon (24.9 °N, 139.8 °E). It has maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h. It is currently almost stationary. This disturbance remains unlikely to enter the PAR.
Meanwhile, tropical storm Pepito slightly intensifies while moving westward over the West Philippine Sea.
Pepito is forecast to move generally westward or west-northwestward over the West Philippine Sea today before slowing down and turning northwestward tomorrow. It is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) tomorrow morning or afternoon. On the forecast track, Pepito will accelerate and turn westward beginning Friday towards Vietnam’s central portion.
It is forecast to gradually intensify over the West Philippine Sea and reach a severe tropical storm category tonight or tomorrow morning.
Pagasa: Tropical Depression outside PAR unlikely to enter PH
Today, light to moderate with heavy rains will be experienced over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan. Flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards. PAGASA Regional Services Divisions may issue local thunderstorm/rainfall advisories and heavy rainfall warnings as appropriate.
Winds: Strong- to near gale-force winds will be experienced in areas under TCWS #1. High to gale-force winds due to the northeasterly surface wind flow will also be experienced over the rest of northern Luzon, especially in coastal and mountainous areas.
Tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 was raised over the western portion of Pangasinan (Bolinao, Anda, Bani, Agno, Alaminos City, Mabini, Burgos, Dasol, Sual, Labrador, Infanta).
Strong- to near gale-force winds will be experienced in areas under TCWS #1. High to gale-force winds due to the northeasterly surface wind flow will also be experienced over the rest of northern Luzon, especially in coastal and mountainous areas.