'Emong' seen to intensify into tropical storm

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 4) — Tropical Depression Emong is expected to intensify into a tropical storm in the next 12-24 hours, state weather bureau PAGASA said in its 11 p.m. bulletin.

Emong was last spotted 785 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora packing maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 70 kph.

Batanes and the northeastern portion of Cagayan (Santa Ana, Gonzaga), including Babuyan Islands, remain under tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 as of Sunday night. These areas will experience winds of 30-60 kph and intermittent rains within the next 36 hours.

The weather disturbance is seen to pass the vicinity of the Batanes-Babuyan Islands area Monday evening.

After passing the Extreme Northern Luzon area as a tropical storm, PAGASA said Emong could return to tropical depression status.

Emong is forecast to leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Tuesday morning.

PAGASA is also monitoring another low pressure area last estimated to be in the vicinity of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.

The low pressure area will bring light to moderate rains over Tarlac and some towns in Nueva Ecija.