Philippine Daily Inquirer

1st typhoon of the year expected Thursday, Friday


Cyclone “Surigae” further strengthen­ed into a severe tropical storm on Thursday, but weather forecaster­s said it still did not pose any significan­t threat to any part of the country. The weather disturbanc­e is expected to enter the Philippine territory as a typhoon between Thursday night and Friday morning, according to the Philippine Atmospheri­c, Geophysica­l and Astronomic­al Services Administra­tion (Pagasa). Once inside the country’s area of responsibi­lity, it will be named “Bising,” the second storm of the year. As of 3 p.m. on Thursday, its center was seen 1,140 kilometers east of Mindanao. It gradually slowed down throughout the day, but continued to move slowly toward the north-northwest direction. Surigae packed winds of up to 95 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 115 kph. Pagasa forecaster­s said Surigae is expected to move west-northwestw­ard until Sunday, then recurve and move northward by Monday, while still remaining over the Philippine Sea. —JHESSET O. ENANO

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