MANILA – A tropical depression (TD) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) has entered and was given the local name "Isang".
"Currently, it does not have a direct effect on any part of the country, as well as on the seaboards," Chris Perez of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Thursday noon.
"Isang" was last tracked 1,410 kilometers east of northern Luzon, moving northwestward at 25 km. per hour (kph). It packs maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.
"Isang" is not expected to make landfall, and may possibly weaken into a low-pressure area (LPA) by Monday or even earlier, Perez said.
It is forecast to remain as a TD until Sunday, and may likely exit PAR by Monday.
"We are not expecting this to directly hit any part of the country. The hoisting of a tropical cyclone wind signal is also unlikely," Perez said.
PAGASA earlier said fair weather and isolated rains will prevail over the entire archipelago. (PNA)