MANILA — The typhoon east of Mindanao (international name: “In-Fa”) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Sunday and was renamed “Marilyn,” the 13th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year and first for this month of November, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Robert Badrina said typhoon Marilyn entered the country at 4 p.m. and was located based on all available data at 1,140 km East of Virac, Catanduanes (14.3N, 134.8E) with maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 25 kph.
He added despite entering PAR will not directly affect the country and not expected to make landfall but the agency will continue to monitor.
However, Badrina said the typhoon will enhance the northeast monsoon that will affect the Northern Luzon.
He noted that by Tuesday the typhoon is expected change its movement from west northwest to north northeast due to the presence of ridge of high pressure area (HPA).
By maitaining its speed the typhoon is expected to exit PAR by Wednesday evening or Thursday headed towards Japan.