Tropical storm 'Soulik' intensifies into typhoon, may enter Philippines on Wednesday
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MANILA -- Tropical storm with international name Soulik has intensified into a typhoon but is still outside the eastern boundary of Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
The weather bureau said that typhoon Soulik expected to enter PAR on Wednesday morning and will be locally named Huaning -– the first cyclone to visit the country this month and the eighth for the year.
Pagasa said that as of 10:00 a.m. Tuesday typhoon Soulik, estimated at 1,680 km east of Basco, Batanes (19.7°N, 140.2°E), packed with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph with gustiness of 150 kph. It is forecast to move west at 20 kph.
The weather agency added that the typhoon is expected to exit early morning Saturday on PAR'S northern boundary with Taiwan.
It added that Typhoon Soulik will not have any direct effect on any part of the country on Tuesday until Wednesday.
However, Pagasa said that Soulik will enhance the southwest monsoon and will bring rains on the western part of the country starting Thursday afternoon.