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Tropical depression ‘Onyok’ enters PAR, threatens eastern Mindanao

The weather disturbance first spotted in the Western side of Pacific Ocean two days ago has entered the Philippine area of responsibility and has been given the local name “Onyok.”

According to a storm bulletin released by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) late Wednesday afternoon, tropical depression “Onyok” is located 860 km east of Mati City, Davao Oriental (7.5°N, 134.0°E).

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Tropical depression “Onyok” is expected to hit CARAGA region in Mindanao by Friday (Photo from PAGASA Facebook page)

It has maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and is moving west northwest at 20 kph. The weather bureau further added that “Onyok” can potentially intensify further in the next 48 hours before making landfall in the CARAGA region by Friday afternoon. No storm signals has been raised so far in connection to the tropical depression.

It is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Sunday.  PAGASA emphasized that it is unlikely to have a so-called Fujiwara effect between typhoon “Nona” and “Onyok” given that they’re far away from each other.

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