'Monster' Typhoon Hagibis unlikely to enter PAR
Typhoon Hagibis is currently the strongest storm on the planet, with the potential to become the strongest of the year.
'Monster' Typhoon Hagibis unlikely to enter PAR
Patricia Lourdes Viray (Agence France-Presse) - October 9, 2019 - 10:23am

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Hagibis (international name) has a low chance of entering the Philippine area of responsibility, state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday.

"Ang bagyong si Hagibis malayo po ito sa ating bansa kaya't wala po itong direktang epekto," PAGASA weather specialist Meno Mendoza said.

(Typhoon Hagibis is far from our country and will not have a direct effect.)

As of 4 a.m., the weather disturbance was located 2,020 kilometers east of northern Luzon packing maximum winds of 200 kph and gusts of up to 245 kph. It is moving northwest at 20 kph.

"Hagibis," called by some weather observers as a "monster" storm, grew from a tropical storm a category 5 typhoon between October 6 to 7, NASA Earth Observatory reported. As of October 8, its winds had slightly decreased to a category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.

News reports indicated that it has passed over an uninhabited island in the Mariana Islands but may still threaten islands in the region.

Meanwhile, the northeasterly surface windflow will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorm over Bicol region.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms. 

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