By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is monitoring a severe tropical storm off the Pacific but remains outside the country’s area of responsibility on Tuesday.
According to PAGASA weather specialist Chris Perez, the severe tropical storm with international name “Yutu” was estimated at 2,925 kilometers east of Visayas around Tuesday morning.
Yutu may remain outside the Philippine area of responsibility within the next two to three days, Perez said.
It was packing maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 130 kph, moving west-northwest at 15 kph.
Yutu has a slim chance of making landfall over the Philippines as of Tuesday’s forecast. However, should it enter the country’s area of responsibility, Yutu will be locally called “Rosita.”
Perez said the cyclone is still too far to affect any part of the country and the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) will still be the prevailing weather system that may bring rains over Palawan and Mindanao.
The ITCZ, which is a breeding ground for potential weather disturbances, will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Palawan, Zamboanga Peninsula, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Soccsksargen, and Davao Region.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will remain warm and humid especially in the morning, with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorm in the afternoon or evening, Perez said.
PAGASA warned the public of sudden heavy rains due to severe thunderstorms that may cause flash floods or landslides over low-lying or mountainous areas.