MANILA - Scattered rains are expected over large swaths of the country on Tuesday as typhoon Paeng moves closer to Luzon's northern tip, the state weather bureau said.
Spotted 740 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes at 5 a.m., Paeng was packing maximum sustained winds of 200 kilometers per hour and 240 kph gusts, said PAGASA meteorologist Ezra Bulquerin.
The typhoon's trough or extension will cause cloudy skies and scattered rains over Western Visayas, Zamboanga peninsula, ARMM and Soccsksargen, he told radio DZMM.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country, meanwhile, will experience fair weather that may be marred by localized thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening, added Bulquerin.
Paeng, he said, has yet to directly affect the country and enhance the habagat or southwest monsoon.
The storm, however, will plod closer to extreme northern Luzon, which may prompt the weather agency to raise storm warning signals. It may also start bringing light to moderate rains in Metro Manila and other areas by Thursday or Friday, Bulquerin said.
For now, sea vessels are urged to refrain from sailing off the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon due to rough waves, he said.
Paeng comes in the heels of typhoon Ompong, which struck the northern Philippines on September 15.
Ompong, the world's strongest typhoon so far this year, damaged some P26.7 billion worth of crops and livestock in the agricultural north, and unleashed floods and landslides that killed at least 95.
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