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MANILA, Philippines - The active low pressure area that has been hovering over the ocean off Luzon since Wednesday has developed into the sixth storm to enter the Philippines this year and has brought widespread rains all over the country.
Based on the 7 pm weather bulletin by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Friday, the center of tropical depression "Ferdie" was spotted at 125 km east of Aparri, Cagayan. It carries maximum sustained winds of up to 55 kilometers per hour as it moves slowly west northwest at 13 kph.
As of 4 pm, Pagasa hoisted storm signal 1 to the following areas:
The said areas could expect winds between 30 and 60 kph within the next 36 hours, the state weather bureau said.
'Ferdie' is expected to affect the country till Monday as it pulls and enhances the southwest monsoon or 'Habagat'. The monsoon will bring rains over the western side of the country, affecting Visayas and Mindanao.
Strong gale force winds have made the seabords of Central and Southern Luzon dangerous for small boats and light sea crafts due to the combined winds of the storm and the Habagat.
Below is the three-day forecast of 'Ferdie' based on Pagasa's 4pm update:
*Saturday afternoon - 140KM North Northwest of Laoag City;
*Sunday afternoon - 380KM West Northwest of Laoag City;
*Monday afternoon - 660KM West Northwest of Laoag City.
For the next six hours Pagasa warned of intermittent moderate to heavy rains all over Metro Manila due to the storm and the Habagat.
Aside from strong winds, the amount of rainfall 'Ferdie' is expected to dump is between 10 and 25 millimeters per hour, which is categorized as heavy to intense by Pagasa.
The rains will fall within Ferdiie's 400 km diamater.
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