NORTHERN Luzon provinces are expected to bear the brunt of the strongest storm that would visit the country this year as Typhoon Megi (local codename: Juan) intensified as it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in its 5 a.m. bulletin said Juan was located at 1,140 kilometers east of northern Luzon.

It has maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kilometers per hour.

The weather disturbance is forecast to move northwest at 20 kilometers per hour.

Strong to gale force wind is expected to affect the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon, Pagasa said.

Pagasa warned fishermen not to venture over the eastern and northern coasts of Luzon while travelers are advised not to travel starting Sunday morning, particularly in landslide-prone areas of northern and eastern Luzon.

Meantime, Pagasa officer-in-charge Graciano Yumul announced they will use the micro-blogging site Twitter to give hourly updates and necessary information about the typhoon’s track.

“Aside from giving hourly updates on the location of the typhoon and weather bulletins every six hours in our website, we will also tap Twitter so that we can give updated information to the public. We will activate as soon as possible,” said Yumul. (Sunnex)