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    Tropical storm expected to enter Philippines

    A TROPICAL storm is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Sunday, while the low-pressure area (LPA) hovering off the country’s northern part will continue to bring occasionally heavy rains, the state weather bureau said on Friday.
    PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said the tropical storm with international name "Neoguri" was estimated at 1,540 kilometers east of Central Philippines (13.1ºN, 141.0ºE) with maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 100 kph.
    Escullar said the tropical storm is forecast to move northwest at 20 kph and is expected to enter the country on Sunday.
    She said that once it is in the PAR, it will be locally named "Florita" -- the sixth tropical cyclone to enter the country this year -- and will enhance the southwest monsoon that will induce rains over most parts of the country by Monday.
    As of 4 p.m. Friday, the LPA was spotted some 225 km east of Aparri, Cagayan (18.1ºN, 124.0ºE).
    Due to the LPA, the regions of Ilocos and Cordilleras will have moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides, she said.
    She added that due to the weakened southwest monsoon, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Central Philippines will be cloudy with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms while Mindanao will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
    In its advisory, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds coming from the southwest to west will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.
    Light to moderate winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over the rest of the country with slight to moderate seas.
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