Tropical Storm Trami expected to enter PH Sunday

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 22) — A weather disturbance outside the Philippines has intensified into a tropical storm ahead of its expected entry on Sunday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its 11 a.m. briefing said the tropical storm was given the international name "Trami."

It was last spotted 2,060 kilometers east of Central Luzon, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) with gusts of up to 90 kph. It was only a tropical depression at around noon on Friday, with winds of up to 55 kph and gusts of up to 65 kph.

The storm is travelling west northwest at 15 kph, and will be given a local name "Paeng" once it enters the country.

PAGASA said the storm is still too far to directly affect the country, but warned that it may grow into a typhoon inside Philippine territory.

It may affect the extreme northern Luzon, specifically the provinces of Batanes and the Babuyan Group of Islands by September 28, PAGASA said.

The country is still reeling from the effects of the deadly Typhoon Ompong, which left less than a hundred people dead when it battered northern Luzon last week.