The tropical depression southwest of Guam has intensified into Tropical Storm “Nyatoh” on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

(Satellite image from PAGASA / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) last observed the center of Nyatoh 1,455 kilometers East of Visayas outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Nyatoh packs maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kilometers per hour and is moving westward at 20 kilometers per hour.

PAGASA said that Nyatoh is expected to move west northwestward in the next 24 hours and may enter the PAR on Wednesday, Dec. 1 in the afternoon or evening. Once inside the PAR, it will be named “Odette”.

Its duration within the PAR region, according to PAGASA, is expected to be short, as it may leave the region within 24 hours of entry. However, the public is advised to continue monitoring for possible eastward or westward shifts in the track forecast of the tropical storm.

Nyatoh is also expected to intensify into a severe tropical storm in the next 24 hours but is less likely to affect the prevailing weather condition in the country for the next three to five days, according to PAGASA.

The public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned are advised to continue monitoring for updates related to this tropical cyclone.