MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Storm Paolo (Lan) intensified into a severe tropical storm as it continued to move over the Philippine Sea on Tuesday, October 17. It could even intensify further into a typhoon in the next 24 to 36 hours since it is over water.
In a bulletin issued 11 am on Tuesday, PAGASA said Paolo is now 765 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, moving north northwest at a very slow 7 kilometers per hour (km/h).
The severe tropical storm has maximum winds of 90 km/h and gustiness of up to 115 km/h.
Though Paolo is too far from the Philippines and there are no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals, the severe tropical storm's outer rainbands may bring light to heavy rain to Bicol, the Visayas, and Mindanao.
Paolo is not expected to make landfall since its track shows it moving upward instead of approaching the Philippines. Forecast track of Tropical Storm Paolo as of October 17, 11 am. Image courtesy of PAGASA
Also in the same bulletin, PAGASA said a low pressure area (LPA) continues to affect the province of Palawan.
The LPA is 395 kilometers west of Coron, Palawan, bringing light to heavy rain to the province. – Rappler.com