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Storm enters PH today

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said the tropical storm with the international name “Chaba” is expected to enter the northeastern part of the Philippine Area of Responsibility today.

Chaba will be renamed “Igme” once it enters the PAR.

In its 11 a.m. advisory, PAGASA said the storm is 1,500 kilometers east of Southern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 105 kph and moving west-northwest at 20 kph.

Chaba is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat” and bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms.

State weather forecaster Benison Estareja said the weather disturbance is still too far to directly affect any part of the country. (Chito A. Chavez)