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A rainy weekend is expected over parts of Luzon after the tropical depression approaching from the east entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility early Friday.
State weather agency PAGASA said the tropical depression, now locally codenamed Luis, was 1,050 km east of Virac, Catanduanes as of 4 a.m.
"Tuluyan na pumasok sa PAR ang bagyo at ito pinapangalanan nating Tropical Depression Luis ... Ine-expect natin posibleng maaring makaramdam tayo ng ulan sa susunod na araw," PAGASA forecaster Fernando Cada said in an interview on dzBB radio.
Cada said Luis packed maximum winds of 45 kph and is moving west-northwest at about 30 kph.
He said their models indicate Tropical Depression Luis could move toward northern Luzon, including Aparri or Tuguegarao City. Also, the tropical depression could slow down as it nears land on Saturday.
Cada said they are not discounting the possibility Tropical Depression Luis could make landfall as early as Sunday.
State-run Panahon.TV said Luis could intensify into a typhoon and make landfall on Sunday morning in Northern Luzon .
"Posibleng maging tropical storm or typhoon ito," Cada said.
But for Friday, he said Metro Manila can expect generally good weather.
PAGASA's 5 a.m. advisory said Luis may be 660 km east of Infanta, Quezon Saturday morning, and 40 km north of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan or 50 km south of Aparri, Cagayan Sunday morning.
By Monday morning, it is expected to be 640 km west of Itbayat, Batanes.
PAGASA said Luis may bring rainfall of 7.5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 400-km diameter.
Rain over Visayas, Mindanao, Bicol
PAGASA's 5 a.m. bulletin said Visayas, Mindanao and Bicol will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.
It added Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.
Moderate to occasionally strong winds from the southwest to west will prevail over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from southwest to south with slight to moderate seas. — Joel Locsin/ELR, GMA News