MANILA - Tropical depression Liwayway has intensified into a tropical storm Monday morning, the state weather bureau said.
As of 10 a.m., Liwayway was spotted 340 kilometers east northeast of Daet, Camarines Norte, packing 65 kph winds and gusts of up to 80 kph.
The trough of the storm may bring scattered light to moderate rains with at times heavy rainshowers over Batanes, Bicol region, and Cagayan, including Babuyan Islands.
Light to moderate monsoon rains will, meanwhile, prevail over Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan and Western Visayas.
PAGASA advised residents of these areas to take precautionary measures, coordinate with local disaster offices, and monitor the next weather update to be issued at 11 p.m. Monday.
It warned fisherfolks that travel is risky over the seaboards of Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Visayas due to potentially rough sea conditions.
Liwayway, still unlikely to make landfall, is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday morning if it continues to move northwest at 25 kph.
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