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Ineng expected to intensify into a tropical storm today, but no landfall seen

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TROPICAL DEPRESSION Ineng is expected to intensify into a tropical storm today, bringing moderate and intermittent heavy rains over the region of Bicol and Eastern Visayas. Weather bureau PAGASA’s Benison Estareja, in an 11 a.m. live-streamed update on Wednesday, said there is “no landfall scenario” for Ineng based on its current track. Other areas that may be affected by rains in the coming days are Cagayan Valley, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, the rest of the Visayas, and MIMAROPA (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan). Ineng is forecasted to be out of the Philippine area by Sunday. As of yesterday morning, the tropical depression was located 1,155 kilometers (km) east of Infanta, Quezon, moving northwest with winds of up to 55 km per hour. Meanwhile, the “trough of a shallow Low Pressure Area (LPA) off the southwestern coast of Taiwan,” while outside the Philippine area, will bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Batanes and the Babuyan Group of Islands, according to PAGASA’s 11 a.m. bulletin.

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