Tropical Storm Melor, also known as Nona in the Philippines, is currently centered over the southern Philippine Sea and could bring flooding rainfall and damaging winds to the Philippines early next week.
The system is expected to continue toward the west-northwest in the coming days, traversing the Philippine Sea.
Favorable environmental conditions along Melor's track is expected to allow the system to strengthen into a typhoon. It is not out of the question that Melor becomes the equivalent of a category 2 or 3 hurricane at its peak.
While Melor's ultimate track will dictate the system's impact on the nation of nearly 100 million people, current indications are that it could make landfall near or over Luzon, the country's largest and most populous island, early next week.
The greatest impacts from this system would most likely be in eastern areas and areas that are not sheltered by the rugged terrain of the region.
AccuWeather.com Meteorologists will continue to monitor this developing situation in the coming days. Stay tuned for future updates.
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