The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has reported the presence of a new storm within the Philippine area of responsibility.
PAGASA named the severe weather disturbance as Tropical Storm "Marce," which was spotted at about 240 kms west of Iba, Zambales on Wednesday afternoon.
In its 5 pm update, the state weather bureau said "Marce" packs maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near its center and a gustiness of up to 100 kph, prompting Public Warning Storm Signal #1 over Bataan and Zambales. Pagasa warns affected areas will experience 30 to 60 kph-strong winds in the next few days. Moving in a slow south southwest direction at 7 kph, the storm would reach 420 kms west of Manila by Thursday or about 630 kms west of the capital by Friday, weather forecasters said.
Pagasa also warns the new storm will dump moderate to intense rainfall or 10 to 25 mm amount of rainfall in areas that will be covered by Marce’s 400-km diameter.
PAGASA also warned the storm will enhance the rain activities of Southwest Monsoon, bringing in a stormy weather in the rest of Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Southern Luzon and the Bicol regions.
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