The low pressure area (LPA) east of Camarines Norte intensified into tropical depression “Maring” on Thursday, Oct. 7, the state weather bureau said.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the tropical depression developed from an LPA east of Daet, Camarines Norte over the Philippine Sea at 2 p.m.
State meteorologists said the trough or extensio of Maring may bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Eastern Visayas in the next several hours.
Based on the latest weather bulletin, Maring will continue moving generally southeastward slowly in the next 12 hours before turning northward Friday, Oct. 8.
Afterwards, it will then move north northwestward over the Philippine Sea by Saturday, Oct. 9, and gradually accelerating in the process.
By Oct. 10, Maring will move west northwestward towards Extreme Northern Luzon and may pass close or make landfall over Babuyan Islands by Oct. 11.
“Maring is forecast to remain tropical depression while moving over the Philippine Sea and may intensify into tropical storm by Sunday afternoon,” PAGASA said.
The agency estimated the center of Maring at 505 kilometers (km) east of Virac, Catanduanes as of 4 p.m.
It had a maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph, while moving south southeastward at 15 kph.
“No Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal is currently in effect,” PAGASA said.
There is a moderate to high likelihood that wind signals will be hoisted over several provinces in Northern Luzon by Saturday morning or afternoon, it added.