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MANILA - Tropical storm Marce (international code name: Gaemi) has intensified as it entered the Philippine area of responsibility, threatening to bring more rains over Luzon including Metro Manila, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
In its 5 a.m. bulletin, Pagasa said Marce was last estimated at 310 km west of Iba, Zambales with maximum winds of 75 kph near the center and gusts of up to 90 kph. The storm is moving southeast at 7 kph.
No storm signals were raised but Pagasa said the storm will bring occasional moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Cordillera, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Isabela, Quirino, and Nueva Vizcaya. Western and Central Visayas as well as the Zamboanga Peninsula and the rest of Luzon will experience occasional light to moderate rains or thunderstorms. The rest of the country will have partly cloudy skies the brief rains or thunderstorms.
Pagasa earlier issued a yellow rainfall advisory over Metro Manila Tuesday night and terminated it at around 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Gale warning is also up over the western seaboards of Luzon due to big waves generated by the storm. Fishing boats and other small boats are warned against going out to sea in the affected area.
Marce is expected to be 250 km west of Iba, Zambales by Wednesday night and 315 km west of Subic, Zambales by Thursday evening.