MANILA – The low pressure area that was sighted off Mindanao and is expected to invade the Philippine area of ââresponsibility in a few days has developed into a tropical low pressure area and could expand into a typhoon, PAGASA announced before Sunday noon.
The Tropical Depression was estimated at 2,095 kilometers east of Mindanao, outside of PAR, around 10 a.m., PAGASA said in its latest bulletin.
It has maximum sustained winds of up to 45 kilometers per hour (km / h) near the center and gusts of up to 55 km / h.
“The tropical depression is expected to gradually worsen and become tropical storms within the next 24 hours,” said PAGASA.
PAGASA said the cyclone is expected to enter the PAR on Tuesday, after which it will be assigned the local name “Odette”.
“By Wednesday evening or Thursday morning, the tropical cyclone will begin to move west and could hit land over the eastern Visayas-Caraga area,” it said.
“Given the favorable environmental conditions, the tropical cyclone is likely to intensify further, reaching typhoon category by Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning,” he added.
PAGASA said it is likely that tropical storm signals will be hoisted over the provinces in Visayas and Mindanao.
“In light of these developments, it is recommended that affected agencies and disaster risk reduction and management agencies remain vigilant for updates related to this tropical cyclone,” she added.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has directed its services, local chapters and volunteers to prepare for the depression, its chairman Senator Richard Gordon said.
In a statement, the PRC said their rescue vehicles and emergency units were ready to respond to the possible impact of the incoming storm.
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