Tropical Depression Tonyo slightly intensifies as it moves out of PAR

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Nineteen provinces are now under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 after a low-pressure area developed into Tropical Depression Tonyo on Saturday evening, the weather bureau said. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 8) -- Tropical Depression Tonyo may intensify into a tropical storm as it exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility, PAGASA said.

In its 11 p.m. bulletin, the state weather bureau said Tonyo is forecast to continue moving westward at a speed of 30 kph and is expected to leave the country by Monday morning. Intensification of the tropical cyclone is likely to happen within the next 24 hours, it added.

As of 10 p.m., the center of Tonyo was spotted 395 kilometers west of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. It has maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

Before exiting PAR, it is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains over the Kalayaan Islands from Sunday night until Monday.

PAGASA said the northeast monsoon enhanced by Tonyo will also bring moderate to heavy rains over mainland Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Aurora. Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Ilocos Region, the rest of Central Luzon, Batanes and Babuyan Islands.

Rough to very rough seas will be felt over the seaboards of Kalayaan Islands due to the tropical depression, as well as over the seaboards of Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, and Zambales and the northern seaboards of mainland Cagayan due to the northeast monsoon. PAGASA warned that sea travel is risky over these waters, especially for those using small seacrafts.

It likewise advised mariners of small seacrafts in Bataan, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, and Palawan including Calamian Islands to take precautionary measures, as moderate to rough seas will be experienced over these areas.

On Sunday night, another tropical depression named “Ulysses” entered PAR and is forecast to move generally northwestward until Tuesday morning. It is then expected to head towards the Bicol Region, where it is likely to make landfall on Wednesday.

According to PAGASA, Ulysses is likely to reach Tropical Storm category within 24 to 36 hours and may reach Typhoon category on Wednesday prior to landfall.