MANILA - Typhoon Queenie weakened on Thursday morning, but will continue to bring more rains over parts of Visayas and Mindanao, the state weather bureau said.
Spotted 670 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes at 3 a.m., the country's 17th storm this year was packing maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour and 185 kph gusts, said PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas in an online video.
The trough or extension of Queenie (international name Kong-rey) will bring scattered light to moderate rains over Central and Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions, said Rojas.
The rest of Visayas and Mindanao, he said, will experience fair weather that may be marred by brief, localized thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening.
The storm will also make sea travel risky off the northern and eastern coasts of Luzon, said the meteorologist.
Queenie is expected to leave the country's area of responsibility on Thursday night or Friday morning. It may continue to weaken as it moves over the cold waters off the Philippine Sea, added Rojas.
Four to 6 more storms may enter the country before the year ends, PAGASA earlier said.
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