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Tropical Storm 04W Update No. 02:

Current Status and Outlook: 04W becomes a Tropical Storm (TS) as it moves slowly northwestward across the Central Philippine Sea with improved convective signature.

24-hr Outlook: TS 04W is forecast to intensify further, and will continue moving northwesward at an increased forward speed of 19 km/hr towards the North Philippine Sea.

This storm is still far to directly affect any part of the Philippines, however, it will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) bringing occasional rains and thunderstorms across Luzon and Visayas, becoming more frequent along the Western Sections including MiMaRoPa and Metro Manila today through early next week.

Where is 04W? As of 5:00 PM PhT today, June 29…0900 GMT. The center was located over the eastern part of the Central Philippine Sea (near 14.7°N 131.3°E), about 776 km east of Virac, Catanduanes or 1,058 km east of Baler, Aurora.

How strong is it?: Maximum Sustained Winds (10-min avg): 65 kph near the center…Gustiness: 85 kph.

Past Movement (06 hrs): Northwest @ 13 kph, towards Northern Part of the Central Philippine Sea.

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