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MANILA — Tropical depression (TD) “Julian” is expected to intensify and reach the typhoon category by Sunday (August 30), a weather specialist said Friday.

Ariel Rojas of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Julian was last tracked 975 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

It has maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph. It is heading westward at 15 kph.

“It will be slowly moving in the next 24 hours, but this will give it time to further intensify,” Rojas said.

He said Julian is expected to become a severe tropical storm by Saturday, and a typhoon by Sunday. Julian is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Monday night, Rojas added.

As of Friday, no tropical cyclone wind signal was issued by PAGASA.

“Julian is less likely to directly cause high impact weather over the country,” it said in its latest bulletin.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon is forecast to bring rough seas over the seaboards of Batanes, Babuyan Islands, and Ilocos Norte.

Those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out to sea, PAGASA said. (PNA)