By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Tropical storm ‘Gorio’ is expected to leave the country by Sunday and usher in better weather conditions.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said ‘Gorio’ (international name: Nesat), is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) at around 8 a.m. Sunday.
Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio on Friday morning said Gorio continues to move northwest towards Taiwan with an accelerated pace of 15 kilometers per hour (kph), from 13 kph.
As of 11 a.m. Friday, Aurelio said ‘Gorio’ was traced 360 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.
It further intensified early Friday but has since maintained its strength a maximum sustained winds of up to 105 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 130 kph.
Gorio, however, is not expected to make landfall.
It will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, or “habagat,” bringing moderate to occasional heavy rains in western Luzon, including Metro Manila, and light to moderate rains experienced over the rest of Luzon and the Visayas.
Tropical cyclone warning signal No. 1 is still up over Batanes but is expected to weaken as Gorio exits PAR on Sunday, Aurelio said.
Meanwhile, the tropical depression seen outside PAR and over the West Philippine Sea was located at 475 west of Calayan, Cagayan.
Aurelio said it will not enter the area of responsibility and will have no effect over the country.
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