Severe tropical storm “Liwayway” is likely to intensify into a typhoon on Wednesday afternoon even as it sets to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in a latest weather bulletin.
Aldczar Aurellio, PAGASA weather specialist, said Liwayway was spotted as of 4 p.m. Tuesday at 225 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.
Liwayway intensified with maximum winds of 110 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and has a gustiness up to 135 kph, moving towards the north at a speed of 15 kph.
“Sa hapon ng Miyerkles ay inaasahan na maging typhoon si Liwayway, sa Thursday naman ng hapon ay inaasahan na nasa labas na ng PAR si Liwayway, ayon sa forecast track. Mababa ang tiyansa na magla-landfall ito sa bansa,” he said in a live forecast.
Aside from Liwayway, PAGASA is also monitoring a low-pressure area (LPA) outside PAR that is expected to enter the country’s area of responsibility by Thursday.
The LPA is now at a distance of 1,375 kilometers east of Davao city and does not have any direct effect in the country as of the moment.
Scattered light to moderate rains with at times heavy rain showers during thunderstorms could be experienced over northern portions of Palawan, including Calamian islands on Wednesday due to southwest monsoon or habagat.
The weather bureau said that due to the effect of Liwayway and Habagat, some seaboards of the country including Palawan is under the gale warning advisory. He said sea transportation might be risky as the wave height could reach up to 4.5 meters.