MANILA (UPDATE)—Tropical storm Ineng maintained its strength as it moved northwest, state weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday.
The weather disturbance was located 840 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora as of 3 a.m. Thursday.
Ineng is packing 65 kph winds and gusts of up to 80 kph, moving west-northwest at a speed of 15 kph.
Weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin said the tropical storm could intensify further, but is less likely to make landfall.
He said Bicol Region, Aurora and Quezon Province would experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to Ineng's outer rainbands.
Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas and Mindoro provinces will have moderate to heavy rains due to the southwest monsoon or habagat.
The habagat will also bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Metro Manila, Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, the Visayas and the rest of Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Mimaropa.
PAGASA warned that sea travel is risky over the eastern seaboards of southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.
Ineng is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday night, Aug. 24 or Sunday morning, Aug. 25.
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