Typhoon Paolo slightly intensifies; LPA now gone
MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Paolo (Lan) slightly intensified further on Friday afternoon, October 20, while the low pressure area (LPA) off Mimaropa dissipated.
In a bulletin issued 4 pm on Friday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Paolo now has maximum winds of 140 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 130 km/h, and gustiness of up to 180 km/h from the previous 160 km/h.
PAGASA said it does not expect Paolo to become a super typhoon, although the United States' Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said last Wednesday, October 18, that Paolo might reach that highest tropical cyclone classification.
The typhoon is already 840 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, moving north northeast at 17 km/h.
There are no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals since Paolo is too far from land, and it is not expected to make landfall in the Philippines. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Paolo, however, has a wide diameter of 1,350 kilometers, so its outer rainbands are still affecting parts of the Philippines.
PAGASA warned Bicol, Mimaropa, the Visayas, and the Zamboanga Peninsula to stay on alert for moderate to heavy rain, which may trigger flash floods and landslides. (READ: Heavy rain triggers floods in Dumaguete)
The rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will only have isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon or evening.
Coastal waters throughout the country remain moderate to rough.
Paolo is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday morning, October 22.