TROPICAL Depression Ramil intensified into a tropical storm on Thursday, November 2, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

Ramil, which was located 365 kilometers (km) west of Coron, Palawan, continues to move west over the West Philippine Sea.

Pagasa issued the statement at 11 a.m. Thursday, saying the tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 80 kph.

The weather bureau said that Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon are expected to experience moderate to heavy rains.

Light to moderate rains are expected over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

Pagasa warned that sea travels remain risky in the northern and eastern seaboards of northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon.

Ramil is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility Thursday night or early morning Friday, November 3. (SunStar Philippines)