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‘Santi’ moves toward Luzon

Tropical Depression “Santi” moved closer to Luzon’s eastern seaboard while a new low-pressure area developed in the Pacific Ocean outside of national jurisdiction, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration reported on Wednesday. Weather Forecaster Jori Loiz said Santi was 510 km east of Virac, Catanduanes at 4 p.m. Wednesday and had maximum winds of 55 kph and was moving west northwest at 9 kph. It is expected to make landfall in Aurora province by Saturday afternoon or evening. The new LPA, meanwhile, may intensify into a cyclone within 24 hours and will be named “Tino” if if enters the Philippine area of responsibility. He said Santi’s outer cloud bands will bring rains over Central Luzon on Thursday and converging winds with cloudy skies will bring light to moderate rainshowers over Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) and Bicol Region. Until Thursday, Loiz said the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will continue to bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains in Visayas and Mindanao. The rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will remain to have partly cloudy skies to at times cloudy with possible isolated rains in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms.
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