Tropical Depression Egay, with an international name "Doksuri," maintained its strength while "slowly" moving west northwestward, the state weather bureau said on Saturday, July 22. ![track_egay.png]( ###### Photo credit PAGASA

In its latest bulletin issued at 5 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) spotted the tropical depression 815 kilometers (km) east of southern Luzon.  PAGASA said "Egay" is moving west northwestward at 10 kilometers per hour (kph) with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and gustiness of up to 70 kph. "Based on the latest track of PAGASA, we expect that 'Egay' will move slowly westward until tomorrow [July 23]. It may become a tropical storm today or a severe tropical storm tomorrow," PAGASA weather specialist Benison Estareja said in a mix of English and Tagalog. 
**Possible wind signals in Bicol Region, E. Visayas**
PAGASA noted that a wind signal may be hoisted on July 22 or 23 in Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas. "Possible na tayo mag taas ng wind signal or babala sa hangin dito sa area ng Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas (It is possible to hoist a wind signal or wind warnings in Bicol Region area and Eastern Visayas)," Estareja stated.
**'Egay' may become 'super typhoon'**
Tropical Depression Egay may reach its peak in a "super typhoon" category on Tuesday or Wednesday while in the Philippine Sea east of Extreme Northern Luzon, PAGASA said.  "Possible parin na umabot ito hanggang Super typhoon or higit 185 kilometers (kph) na lakas ng hangin habang malapit dito sa may Cagayan and Batanes provinces (It is possible that 'Egay' may reach super typhoon category or above 185 kph wind strength while moving near Cagayan and Batanes)," the weather specialist added.  However, PAGASA said "Egay" may make landfall in the center of Taiwan and leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday. 
**Rain forecasts**
Meanwhile, due to tropical depression-enhanced southwest monsoon or "habagat," PAGASA forecasted 50 to 100 millimeters of rain from Sunday evening to Monday evening in Catanduanes.  Gusty weather conditions may also be experienced in Western and southern portions of the Visayas, northern portions of northern Mindanao, and Caraga, Romblon, and Masbate on July 22; most of Visayas and MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan) and the northern portions of northern Mindanao and Caraga on July 23:and MIMAROPA, most of the Visayas, the northern portions of Northern Mindanao and Caraga, and the Zamboanga Peninsula on July 24. *(Sonny Daanoy)*

Source: Manila Bulletin (