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Storm Kong-Rey expected to strengthen while in PHL area this week

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Typhoon Queenie Kong-Rey

TROPICAL STORM Kong-Rey, which was still 1,445 kilometers east of the Visayas on Sunday morning, is expected to enter the Philippine area between Monday evening and Tuesday morning, according to weather bureau PAGASA’s 11 a.m. update on Sept. 30. The storm will be locally named Queenie and is seen to intensify into a typhoon once in the country. It’s track is moving west-northwest and predicted to be 1,250 km east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan by morning of Oct. 2. Kong-Rey is packing winds of 100 km per hour (/h) near the center with gustiness of up to 120 km/hr. It will be closest to land by Friday morning, with a forecasted position of 535 km northeast of Basco, Batanes.