MANILA — Tropical storm Perla stalled off Luzon early Friday and was unlikely to hit the country's northern tip, the state weather bureau said
Perla is "almost stationary" some 790 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes at 10 a.m., maintaining maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour and 80 kph gusts, said PAGASA.
"Mababa na po iyong posibilidad na tumama sa lupa, as well as iyong direct effect nitong si tropical storm Perla, hindi na po natin inaasahan," PAGASA weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin said.
(The possibility that it will hit land is now low and we are no longer expecting that it will have any direct effect on the country.)
PAGASA earlier said that Perla would make landfall over Cagyaan province this weekend.
The country's 16th storm this year may still bring scattered rains and thunderstorms over northern Luzon. Bulquerin said.
Fishermen and small vessels may face potentially rough waves over the seaboards of Luzon due to winds from the northeast, he added.
Perla approached the Philippines about a week after Typhoon Hagibis spared the country, heading instead to Japan, where it halted bullet train operations, knocked power in 10,000 households and left nearly 80 dead.
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