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TYPHOON UPDATE: Pagasa says ‘Super Typhoon Maria’ online posts are fake news

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said there is no truth to online posts in social media claiming that a super typhoon named Maria will soon hit the Philippines.

The country’s weather bureau clarified on Sunday evening, July 25. in a statement that it is only monitoring two tropical cyclones at the moment, which are both outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

One is Typhoon In-fa, known in the Philippines as Fabian, which left PAR last Friday, July 23; and Tropical Storm Nepartak, which was last spotted 2,840 kilometers east northeast of extreme Northern Luzon. heading north and unlikely to enter PAR.

PAGASA said no tropical cyclone is expected to enter PAR or affect Philippine landmass within the next three to five days.

“The public is advised to undertake precautionary measures, continue monitoring for updates, and remain vigilant against unofficial information coming from unverified sources,” PAGASA said.

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