With attention on Tropical Storm Chan-Hom, which developed east of Guam earlier in the week, a new tropical system has developed closer to land.
A low moving across the Pacific Ocean became more organized early on Thursday morning local time, becoming Tropical Depression 10W.
Through the end of the week, this system is expected to strengthen as it curves northwestward toward Luzon of the Philippines. If this system continues to become organized with sustained wind speeds up to 62 kph (38 mph), it will be named Tropical Storm Linfa.
As the storm aims for the northern part of the Philippines, the major impacts of the storm could stay on the north side of the system.
Impacts to the island still could start as early as late Saturday night, local time, including heavy rain north of Baguio. More than 50 mm (2 inches) of rainfall are possible, especially on the northern coasts and at higher elevations. Heavy downpours with thunderstorms could lead to flash flooding.
Wind gusts up to 65 kph (40 mph) are also likely, especially on the northern end of the island and over open water.
Even as the system approaches, boaters and interests in the Philippine Sea should use caution through the weekend and into the early part of the new week. After passing the northern part of the Philippines, the system looks to steer north toward Taiwan.