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MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE - 10:43 a.m.) The weather disturbance off Luzon has intensified from a tropical depression into a tropical storm and is expected to bring more rains over the region including Metro Manila, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Tuesday.
In its 10 a.m. advisory, PAGASA said tropical storm "Gaemi" (Korean for “ant”) is still outside the Philippine area of responsibility but may briefly enter Tuesday evening. If that happens it will be called “Marce” locally and will be the 13th storm to visit the country this year.
The storm was estimated at 530 kilometers west of Northern Luzon with maximum winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 80 kph.
Once it leaves the country, it might head off to Vietnam.
The storm is expected to bring occasional light to moderate rains over Northern Luzon, Zambales, Bataan, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Cavite and Laguna.
Fishing boats and other seacraft are advised not to venture out in the western seaboards of Luzon due to big waves generated by the storm.