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MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATE 8:30 PM) The active low pressure area (ALPA) off Southern Luzon has intensified into a tropical depression and was named 'Lawin,' PAGASA said.
In its 5 p.m. update, PAGASA said "Lawin" was last estimated at 910 km east of Virac, Catanduanes with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center.
The weather disturbance is still too far to directly affect the country and is moving west at a speed of 7 kph.
"Lawin" is expected to be 740 km east of Virac, Catanduanes by Friday afternoon and 570 km east of Virac, Catanduanes by Saturday afternoon.
Earlier on Thursday, PAGASA said the active low pressure area (Alpa) off Southern Luzon is expected to strengthen into a tropical depression within the next 24 hours.
In its 11 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the Alpa was last estimated at1,010 km east of Southern Luzon. The Alpa is still too far to directly affect the country.
Once it becomes a storm, it will be named "Lawin."
The agency also said rains are still expected over Northern and Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Metro Manila, and Western Visayas.
Based on its earlier 5 a.m. weather bulletin, the low pressure area (LPA) was last seen 1,120 kilometers east of Southern Luzon.