TROPICAL storm “Pepito” is now over the West Philippine Sea and is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) tomorrow morning or afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
Signal No. 2 is still up in La Union, the northern portion of Zambales (Iba, Palauig, Masinloc, Candelaria and Sta. Cruz) and the western portion of Pangasinan (Bani, Anda, Bolinao, Agno, Dasol, Burgos, Alaminos City, Mabini, Sual, Infanta, Bugallon, Labrador, Aguilar, Mangatarem, Urbiztondo, Basista, Malasiqui, San Fabian, Pozzorubio, Sison, Laoac, Urdaneta City, Manaoag, San Jacinto, Dagupan City, Mangaldan, Mapandan, Santa Barbara, San Carlos City, Calasiao, Binmaley and Lingayen).
Under Signal No. 1 are Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, the rest of Pangasinan, Abra, the western portion of Kalinga (Balbalan, Pasil, Lubuagan and Tinglayan), the western portion of Mountain Province (Barlig, Sadanga, Bontoc, Sagada, Sabangan, Bauko, Tadian and Besao), the western portion of Ifugao (Banaue, Hingyon, Kiangan, Tinoc, Hungduan and Asipulo), Benguet, the western portion of Nueva Vizcaya (Ambaguio, Kayapa, Aritao and Santa Fe), the western portion of Nueva Ecija (Carranglan, Lupao, Muñoz City, Santo Domingo, Zaragoza, Aliaga, Licab, Guimba, Talugtug, Quezon, Nampicuan and Cuyapo), Tarlac, and the rest of Zambales.
At 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Pagasa said the center of Pepito was estimated at 115 kilometers northwest of Dagupan City, Pangasinan or 120 km west-northwest of Baguio City.
Moving at 30 kilometers per hour, the tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph, it said.
Also, the tropical depression being closely monitored by the state-run weather agency was still outside the PAR and was last spotted 1,900 km east-northeast of extreme Northern Luzon.
Pagasa said it has maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph.
Currently almost stationary, this weather disturbance remains unlikely to enter the PAR, Pagasa said.
In its 8 a.m. weather bulletin, Pagasa said Pepito is bringing moderate to heavy rains over Batanes, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Pangasinan, La Union, Apayao, Benguet, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro and Calamian Islands.
Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.