Wutip to weaken before entering Philippines


Posted at Feb 28 2019 07:39 AM | Updated as of Feb 28 2019 08:36 AM

MANILA -- Severe Tropical Storm Wutip is expected to weaken further as it moves closer to the Philippine area of responsibility, the state weather bureau said Thursday. 

An erstwhile typhoon, Wutip was 1,750 kilometers east of Central Luzon at 3 a.m., packing maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour and 135 kph gusts, PAGASA said in advisory. 

"Inaasahan natin na habang papalapit ito ng Philippine area of responsibility ay patuloy naman hihina itong bagyo," PAGASA weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin said in a Facebook video. 

Wutip, a name submitted by Chinese authorities, means butterfly, said PAGASA. The severe tropical storm will be named Betty when it enters PAR, added the weather agency. 

The amihan or cool wind from the northeast on Thursday may bring isolated light rains over Cagayan Valley Region, Eastern Visayas, Caraga and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon, said PAGASA. 
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies, it added. 

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