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‘Paeng’ reaches severe tropical storm category.

Image Credit: PAGASA

Paeng (Nalgae) has been upgraded to a severe tropical storm by PAGASA. It is currently wreaking havoc in the Philippines and has so far claimed the lives of 42 people. On Friday, the Philippine search and rescue teams pulled more bodies from the water and thick mud caused by the landslides and flooding. Rescue operations are ongoing as there might be more people trapped under mud and flood waters, especially in the town of Datu Odin.

The storm is currently offshore of Virac as of 29 October 02:00 Philippine time. PAGASA announced that this night till tomorrow morning heavy to intense rain is expected in Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, and Batangas. Moderate to heavy rains is expected over mainland Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Western Visayas, Quezon including Pollilo Islands, Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, and the rest of Central Luzon. Light to moderate rain which can at times be heavy is expected over Ilocos Region, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Romblon, and the northern portion of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands.

The storm is expected to move west-northwestward through Sunday across Luzon. It will most likely make landfall in the vicinity of Albay-Camarines Sur area over the following six hours. The storm is expected to weaken to a tropical storm due to frictional effects associated with the Luzon landmass. This is short-lived, as the storm is expected to strengthen after 24 hours into a severe tropical storm when it reaches the West Philippine Sea.

The stronger Paeng will then head to the South China Sea and West Philippine Sea and is expected to reach Taiwan and South China next week.

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