‘Nimfa’ now a severe tropical storm – PAGASA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20)— Rains will continue to pour over Metro Manila and parts of Luzon as “Nimfa” (international name: Tapah) intensified into a tropical storm Friday, the weather bureau said.

In its update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Luzon will have cloudy skies and scattered rains due to the combined effects of the storm and the southwest monsoon or habagat.

CALABARZON, Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, and northern portion of Palawan including Calamian Islands will have occasional light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains, while Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Camarines Provinces, and the rest of Central Luzon may expect intermittent light to moderate rains with scattered heavy rain showers.

PAGASA said “Nimfa” was last spotted 650 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 115 kph. It is moving north northwest at 10 kph. 

The severe tropical storm is expected to leave the Philippine territory Saturday morning as it moves closer to southern Japan.