By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz
A cyclone with international name “Kong-rey” is expected to enter the Philippines late today (October 1) or early tomorrow but could likely follow the same track as typhoon “Paeng” (Trami).
As of mid-Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of Kong-rey at 1,445 kilometers (km) east of Visayas.
It has intensified further into a severe tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 120 kph, while moving west-northwest at 25 kph.
PAGASA weather specialist Meno Mendoza said Kong-rey, once inside the Philippines, will be named “Queenie,” the 17th cyclone to enter this year and the first in October.
It could reach typhoon category during its peak intensity while inside the country’s vicinity, he added.
However, the weather disturbance is not expected to hit the landmass, as it may follow the same track as Paeng, he also said.
By Monday morning, the cyclone will be 1,600 km east of Baler, Aurora or still outside the PAR.
PAGASA said the trough or extension of Kong-rey will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Eastern Visayas.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
PAGASA advised the public to remain on alert for possible flashfloods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms.
Mendoza said the cyclone will move outside the PAR by next Saturday or Sunday (October 6 or 7).