Storm Urduja forecast to intensify

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TROPICAL DEPRESSION Urduja, located as of Wednesday afternoon at 415 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, could intensify into a tropical storm within the next 36 hours, according to weather bureau PAGASA. Moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms are expected in the Visayas, Mindanao, and the regions of Mimaropa (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan) and Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon). Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will also have scattered rains. Urduja is expected to remain within the Philippine area until Monday, Dec. 18.