New tropical depression threatens Philippines

A week after typhoon Cimaron hit the Philippines killing at least 19 people, a new tropical low pressure is closing in on northern Philippines and could strengthen into a typhoon threatening the East Sea.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Thursday tropical depression ‘Queenie’ was estimated at 1,040 km east of Luzon Island, with maximum sustained winds of 55 km per hour (kph) near the center.

PAGASA said ‘Queenie’ was moving west at 19 kph and was expected to be 700 km east southeast of northern Luzon by Friday morning; and in the vicinity of Cagayan province by Sunday morning.

The province was among the hardest-hit when Cimaron lashed Luzon last week.

The US’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center reported the tropical depression could strengthen into a typhoon Friday morning, and could reach the East Sea on Sunday.

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