Typhoon Soudelor to enter PH Wednesday – PAGASA

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Typhoon Soudelor to be named Hanna once it enters the Philippine territory.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Typhoon Soudelor is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday morning (August 5) and will be named Hanna, the state weather bureau PAGASA said on Tuesday.

Once it enters the country, Hanna will be the eighth tropical cyclone to affect the country this year and first for this month of August.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Typhoon Soudelor's eye was located at 1,855 km east of Luzon, carrying maximum sustained winds of 215 kph and gustiness of up to 250 kph. It is seen by PAGASA to move west northwest at 20 kph.

It is expected to first enter the country 1,400 km east of Calayan Island, and may traverse Itabayat, Batanes.

PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said on Tuesday that Typhoon Soudelor will not directly affect the Philippines and it is not expected to make landfall in any part of the country, but it will enhance the southwest monsoon or "habagat."

It is expected to bring rains to Visayas and Mindanao.

PAGASA forecasted that the typhoon will exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Saturday morning (August 8) and will move toward China, Taiwan, and Japan.

Aurelio added that there's a high chance Soudelor may intensify into a super typhoon category.

Meanwhile, U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) already classified Soudelor as a super typhoon on Monday.

According to same report by JTWC, Soudelor is now the strongest tropical cyclone of 2015 so far.

Philippine News Agency contributed to this report.