Typhoon Trami has strengthened from a tropical storm into a severe tropical storm as it makes its entry into the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday afternoon.
The storm is tracking through the western Pacific and through the Philippine Sea, before making landfall in Taiwan later in the week.
Trami developed into a tropical storm on Friday night and reached typhoon strength early Sunday morning.
In a bulletin issued at 11am on Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Trami has maximum winds of 125 km/h from the previous 100km/h and gustiness of up to 155 km/h from the previous 120 km/h.
When the typhoon entered the PAR, Trami was given the local name Paeng.
Accuweather meteorologist Rob Richards said: “As the storm approaches the continent, we will have a better idea of where it will go.
“Residents and anyone with interests across Japan, Taiwan and eastern China need to keep an eye on this storm.”
The precise path of the typhoon is uncertain, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
Trami is unlikely to make landfall in Taiwan, however PAGASA warned the typhoon might affect extreme Northern Luzon, or Batanes and the Babuyan Group of Islands on Friday, September 28 or even earlier on Thursday, September 27.
There are no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals yet and Trami is now moving west north-west at a slightly slower 20 km/h from the previous 25 km/h.
A gale warning could also be issued for the seaboards of Northern Luzon as Trami approaches.
Typhoon Trami is 1,260 kilometres east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, PAGASA said in an advisory at 5pm on Sunday.
The Office of the Civil Defense in Cordillera said on Saturday it would implement forced evacuation in the event of heavy rainfall brought by the incoming typhoon.
As Trami is still so far away from land, the forecast could still change but the public should continue to monitor updates.
The Philippines usually gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones per year and so far this year the country has had 15 tropical cyclones.
The country is still reeling from the devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Mangkhut.
Mangkhut left at least 95 people dead when the world’s strongest storm this year blasted the northern coast of the Philippines.
Thousands were evacuated as storm surges hit the country as Mangkhut made landfall in the Philippine province of Cagayan as a Category 5-equivalent super typhoon and impacted Hong Kong and southern China.
The whole of the country will have localised thunderstorms on Monday, mostly in the afternoon or evening.
But flash floods and landslides are possible if the thunderstorms bring heavy rain.