MANILA - Weather system Nimfa has intensified into a tropical storm while remaining almost stationary, the state weather agency said Thursday.
Tropical Storm Nimfa was spotted approximately 735 kilometers east northeast of Basco town, Batanes at 4 p.m. while packing maximum sustained winds of up to 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and 80 kph gusts.
The weather disturbance may exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday morning, said PAGASA.
Between Thursday and Saturday afternoon, frequent light to moderate with occasional heavy rains will be experienced over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Cagayan mainland, Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya.
Occasional light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains, meanwhile, will be experienced over Metro Manila and Calabarzon while scattered rains and isolated thunderstorms will affect Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Calamian Islands, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, Camarines Provinces and Catanduanes.
Residents of affected areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to floods and rain-induced landslides, are advised to take precautionary measures.
PAGASA said sea travel is risky, especially for small seacraft, over the seaboards of northern and central Luzon and the eastern seaboard of southern Luzon due to potentially rough to very rough sea conditions. The other seaboards of the country will remain moderate to rough.
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