The tropical storm with international name “Gaemi”, spotted off the West Philippine Sea, has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and is now called “Marce”, the 13th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Weather Forecaster Julie Nimes said as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, tropical storm Marce was located at 440 km west of Northern Luzon (16.3°N, 115.8°E) with maximum winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
Nimes said Marce is forecast to move east southeast at 10 kph and has a slim chance of making a landfall but the weather agency continues to monitor.
She said the tropical storm is expected to bring occasional moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms over Central Luzon including Metro Manila, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), and the provinces of Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya and Mindoro.
Nimes added that the rest of Luzon, the Western and Central Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula will have occasional light to moderate rains or thunderstorms while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms.
No public storm warning signals has been raised, she said.
The weather agency added that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to east will prevail over Northern Luzon, and coming from the southwest to south over Central Luzon.
Coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to west with slight to moderate seas.
PAGASA also said a strong to gale force wind is expected to affect the Western seaboard of Luzon.
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves.