MANILA, Philippines — The weather disturbance approaching the country’s territory has intensified into a tropical storm as weather forecasters monitor another potential cyclone.
The tropical storm with international name “Goni” was last seen 1,705 kilometers east of Central Luzon, PAGASA weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin said. Moving west at 10 kilometers per hour, it may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility Thursday morning or afternoon.
Once it does, the tropical storm will be locally called “Rolly”—the country’s 18th tropical cyclone for 2020.
Currently, “Goni” packs peak winds of 65 kph and gusts of up to 80 kph. Since it remains far from the Philippine landmass, it does not have any direct effect to the country for now, Bulquerin said.
According to the previous forecast of PAGASA, the cyclone could make landfall in Bicol region as a typhoon by Sunday. It could possibly take a path similar to that of Typhoon Quinta (international name: Molave).
Southern Luzon and some parts of Visayas are still reeling from the onslaught of Quinta, which brought strong winds and intense rainfall, killing at least nine people. (Click here to read more)