Low pressure area develops into tropical depression 'Marce', landfall not expected

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) — The low pressure area inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) has developed into tropical depression "Marce," state weather bureau PAGASA reported on Sunday afternoon.

A tropical depression is classified as the first level of a tropical cyclone.

As of 3 p.m., Marce was estimated to be located 1,275 kilometers east northeast of extreme northern Luzon, with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.

According to the weather bureau's 5 p.m. bulletin, Marce is not expected to affect any land area or coastal waters of the country.

It is seen to move north-northwestward tonight at 15 km/h, and is expected to exit the PAR tonight or tomorrow early morning. Marce is also forecast to remain a tropical depression before transitioning into an extratropical low on Tuesday, PAGASA said.