Tropical storm Songda looms over the Philippines

The Philippine weather bureau issued a warning as tropical storm Songda threatens to batter the country on Tuesday.

clearpxlAccording to the weather bureau, Songda was centered 1,070 kilometers (664.9 miles) east of Mindanao, with estimated sustained winds of 85 kph (52.8 mph) and gusts of up to 100 kph (62.1 mph).

The weather agency warned the cyclone is growing stronger and could be become a typhoon.

The weather bureau said the storm would likely batter eastern Visayas or Cagayan Province on Tuesday, but may also affect Northeast and Central Luzon.

The Office of the President ordered different government agencies that deal with disasters and weather disturbances to be ready for the storm’s arrival.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development will send in advance relief goods to areas expected to be hit by Songda.

The weather bureau said the approaching storm was not connected with the rains that fell on parts of Metro Manila on Sunday afternoon, but were caused by localized thunderstorm clouds.

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