A severe tropical storm has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) but the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) expects it will not cause any major weather disturbance at least on Friday.


“At 6:20 a.m. today (Friday), Severe Tropical Storm ‘Surigae’ entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility and was assigned the domestic name ‘Bising’,” PAGASA said in a tweet.


PAGASA said the storm has maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of 135 kph and is moving westward at 10 kph, categorizing Bising as a tropical storm.


While Bising’s trough will bring cloudy skies with rain showers in Eastern Visayas and Mindanao, PAGASA said the rest of Visayas will have marginally cloudy to cloudy weather and may have isolated rain showers from localized thunderstorms.


Also, Luzon will have generally fair weather.


PAGASA, however, said that Bising can make a westward shift over the weekend and Monday.


“The public and disaster risk reduction and management offices, especially those situated over the eastern portions of Southern Luzon and Visayas, are advised to continuously monitor for updates on this tropical cyclone. Considering the uncertainty in the track forecast of this tropical cyclone, a westward shift in the current forecast track may result in potentially significant impacts over the aforementioned areas over the weekend (17-18 April) and onto Monday (19 April),” the weather bureau said.


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