TYPHOON "Paolo" has slightly changed its course and was moving north northeast as of 12 p.m. Friday, October 20, said the state weather bureau.
No tropical cyclone warning signal has been raised over the country, but the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that Paolo will bring moderate to heavy rains in areas within its 1,3500-kilometer diameter.
As of 10 a.m. Friday, the eye of the typhoon was located 860 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, packing maximum winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 160 kph. It was forecast to move north northeast at 16 kph.
Aside from Paolo, a low pressure area was also spotted 105 kilometers south of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, as of 10 a.m. Friday.
Pagasa said the LPA, along with the outer rainbands of Paolo and the southwesterly windflow enhanced by the typhoon, will bring scattered to widespread rains and thunderstorms over Visayas and the regions of Mimaropa and Bicol.
The weather bureau warned residents in those areas against possible flashfloods and landslides due to moderate to occasionally heavy rains.
It said sea travel remains risky over the seaboard of northern Luzon, the eastern seaboard of central and southern Luzon, seaboard of Palawan, western and eastern seaboards of Visayas, and western, northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao.
Pagasa said Paolo is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Sunday morning, October 22. (SunStar Philippines)