MANILA -- The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the brewing storm, which is expected to enter the country’s waters, would likely miss land but strong enough to bring rains to Northern Luzon.

Robert Sawi, Pagasa’s acting weather division chief, told Sun.Star that the tropical depression follows a similar path made by super typhoon Juan (international codename: Megi) that wreaked havoc on agricultural lands of Cagayan and Isabela.

“But it would not make a landfall. It might cross the Batanes-Taiwan area or even move up north towards Japan,” he said.

Once it enters the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday, it will be codenamed Katring.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) meantime said contingency measures are still in place for the upcoming storm. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)