At 4:00 p.m., Sunday, 30 June 2013, Tropical Storm Gorio has gained strength while moving northwestward over the West Philippine Sea, weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported.

The center of Tropical Storm "GORIO" was estimated based on all available data at at 230 km West of Dagupan City (15.8°N, 118.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near center and gustiness of up to 90 kph, PAGASA said in its latest weather bulletin.

"It is forecast to move northwest at 26 kph," it added.

Weather forecasts said Bagyong Gorio is expected to be at 430 km Southwest of Laoag City by early tomorrow morning and out of the Philippine Area of Responsibity (PAR) and at 610 km Northwest of Laoag City tomorrow afternoon.

The weather bureau has placed Pangasinan and Zambales under storm signal 1 (45-60 kph winds).

Public Storm Warning Signals elsewhere are now lowered, PAGASA said.

The state weather bureau warned residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signal 1 to prepare for possible flashfloods and landslides. Those living in coastal areas are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by the topical storm.

Bagyong Gorio is expected to bring 5-17 mm per hour (moderate - heavy) worth of rainfall within the 300 km diameter of the tropical storm.

It added that tishermen specially those using small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the Western Seaboards of Luzon due to big waves generated by Tropical Storm “GORIO”.

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