Tropical depression Paeng heading to Luzon, Philippines – may reach typhoon status prior to landfall.
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According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the Tropical depression ‘Paeng’ may reach typhoon status before landfall over northern Luzon this coming weekend.
PAGASA said Paeng has so far maintained winds of 45 kilometres per hour (kph) in the center of the storm, and gusts reaching 55kph. The maximum sustained wind speed of a typhoon is usually between 118-184kph.
Paeng is forecast to intensify into a tropical storm tomorrow (Oct. 27) [while] further intensification is likely while moving over the Philippine Sea and may reach the typhoon category prior to its landfall.PAGASA
The PAGASA senior weather specialist Raymond Ordinario said in a press conference that Paeng might reach typhoon status by October 29th and hit the Isabela-Cagayan area the next day. As of Wednesday at 4pm local time, the tropical depression Paeng was around 945 kilometers east of Eastern Visayas. It is currently moving westward at 10kph.
Tropical depression Paeng is forecast to track generally westward until tomorrow afternoon (Oct. 27) before turning west northwestward for the remainder of tomorrow through Saturday afternoon (Oct. 30), while moving towards Northern Luzon. On the forecast track, this tropical cyclone is forecast to maintain this heading until it makes landfall on the eastern coast of Isabela or Cagayan.PAGASA
Mr. Ordinario asked the people of Luzon to prepare for the incoming cyclone. Depending on whether there will be weather disturbance or not, Paeng may reach the central-southern Luzon area and may also affect Metro Manila.
More details to follow.