By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
Typhoon Paolo (International name Lan) has intensified before exiting the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) today bringing scattered rain showers and thunderstorms all over the country.
In the 11 a.m. weather bulletin issued by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the eye of typhoon was found at 1,000 km east of Basco, Batanes.
Paolo has strengthened its maximum sustained winds of 180 km per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph while moving north northeast at 22 kph.
No tropical cyclone warning signal was recorded but the state weather bureau said
southwesterly wind flow enhanced by the typhoon brought cloudy skies with scattered light to moderate and at times heavy rain showers with thunderstorms over Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Northern Mindanao, Caraga and the provinces of Palawan and Mindoro.
Meanwhile, heavy rains with lightning and strong winds due to thunderstorms were also experienced over Metro Manila and nearby provinces including Bataan, Cavite, and Bulacan.
Sea travel also remains risky over the seaboard of Northern Luzon, the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon, of Southern Luzon and of Mindanao, the southern and eastern seaboards of Palawan and the western and eastern seaboards of Visayas, Pagasa said.
The bureau estimated Paolo’s rainfall amount from moderate to heavy within the 1,900 km diameter of the typhoon.
Pagasa expected Paolo to further accelerate away from the country at 2,460 km northeast of Basco, Batanes outside PAR tomorrow morning.