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Animal: Tropical Storm Phanfone coming to Philippines

Christian Fernsby |
The tropical depression outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) intensified into a tropical storm on Sunday morning.

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It has been given the international name Phanfone, a name contributed by Laos which means "animal."

In a briefing past 4 pm on Sunday local time, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tropical Storm Phanfone is already 1,265 kilometers east of Mindanao.

It is now moving west northwest at 25 kilometers per hour (km/h). If it maintains its speed, it could enter PAR on Sunday night or at the latest on Monday morning, December 23.

When the tropical storm enters PAR, it will be given the local name Ursula.

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