By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) does not see typhoon “Wutip” posing any direct threat to any part of the country.
At around Sunday noon, typhoon Wutip has slowed down while maintaining its strength.
It was estimated at 1,875 kilometers (km) east of Visayas or outside the country’s area of responsibility.
PAGASA said the typhoon has maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 225 kph, and is moving northwest at 10 kph.
Wutip has a slim chance of entering the Philippine area of responsibility as of Sunday. But PAGASA is not discounting the possibility that the weather disturbance may still change its track.
By Monday morning, PAGASA said Wutip is expected to be at 1,725 km east of Catarman, Northern Samar, and by Tuesday morning at 1,735 km east of Legazpi City.
By Wednesday morning, it will be 1,570 km east of Virac, Catanduanes.
This Monday, PAGASA said the northeast monsoon or amihan will be the prevailing weather system throughout the country.
Partly cloudy to cloudy skies will affect Aurora, Quezon, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar, Southern Leyte, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies.