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2 storms moving away from PH

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said yesterday that the two tropical cyclones outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility are moving away and have no direct effect in any part of the country.

As of 11 a.m. yesterday, PAGASA spotted tropical depression “Meari” at 1,780 kilometers east of Central Luzon with maximum winds of 65 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 80 kph and slowly moving northeast.

Weather forecaster Benison Estareja said the other tropical depression is 2,225 kilometers east of extreme Northern Luzon and moving northeast at 20 kph. Estareja said it has maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

Estareja noted that the country will still experience rains due to the low pressure area embedded in the intertropical convergence zone in the vicinity of Palapag, Northern Samar.

The LPA and the ITCZ will bring moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms in Calabarzon, Bicol, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon. (Chito A. Chavez)