Severe tropical storm seen to enter PH on weekend

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 14) – A severe tropical storm is expected to enter the country this weekend, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Wednesday.

The weather disturbance, currently a tropical depression located outside the Philippine area of responsibility, is forecast to enter the country on Friday.

It is still called by its international name Surigae, but will be named Bising when it enters PAR.

According to PAGASA's latest update, the storm was last seen 1,205 kilometers east of Mindanao. It has slightly intensified at 75 km/h near the center but has remained almost stationary.

According to the latest forecast track, the weather disturbance will not hit landmass once it enters the country. It could intensify to a severe tropical storm in the next 24 hours and is expected to enter with typhoon intensity on Friday.

"Ang bagyong ito ay inaasahang...hindi tatama sa ating kalupaan. Ang pinakamalapit sa atin...sa Sorsogon itong dadating na Linggo, nasa more or less 500 kilometers east of Sorsogon", said PAGASA Administrator Vicente Malano at a briefing on Wednesday.

[Translation: This storm is not expected to make landfall. It will be closest to the country near Sorsogon on Sunday, more or less 500 kilometers east of Sorsogon.]

Surigae is forecast to move in a generally north-northwestward direction the agency added.

PAGASA said the tropical depression is unlikely to affect the country over the next three days, but said considering the uncertainty in the track forecast, a westward shift may result in potentially significant impacts over the eastern portions of southern Luzon and Visayas over the weekend and onto Monday.