This satellite loop shows Severe Tropical Storm Surigae gaining strength across the Philippine Sea as the sun sets Thursday evening, April 15, 2021. (CIRA/RAMMB) Strengthening Severe Tropical Storm Surigae has brought the western Pacific back to life, and AccuWeather meteorologists say as the storm strengthens, it could develop into a powerful typhoon -- the basin's first since last year. Severe Tropical Storm Surigae formed across the Philippine Sea Wednesday while churning midway between Guam and the Philippines. Current forecasts indicated that it is possible that the storm could reach typhoon status by the end of the week as it approaches the Philippines. CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE ACCUWEATHER APP The storm will be called Bising once it enters the Philippines area of responsibility, which is an area that The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) monitors weather systems. Once a tropical storm or typhoon enters this area, it is given a name by PAGASA separate from the international name that may have already been given. "Conditions will be favorable for further strengthening," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Tony Zartman. The combination of light wind shear and warm ocean waters will aid in the strengthening of the system. "Surigae could at least threaten or brush the eastern Philippines later this weekend or early next week," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Tony Zartman. The amount of impacts to the Philippines will depend on how quickly the budding typhoon makes a turn to the north over the weekend. If Surigae turns to the north sooner, the core of strongest wind and heaviest rain can miss the Philippines and remain across the open waters of the Philippine Sea. Infrared satellite shows the developing storm over the Pacific Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Image/CIRA RAAMB) However, should Surigae remain on a westward track slightly longer, strong winds and the heaviest rain could lash the eastern Philippines. If Surigae tracks far enough west it could spread heavy rain and damaging winds from eastern Mindanao to eastern Visayas and perhaps eastern Luzon from late Saturday into early next week, local time, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls. Rain amounts across the Philippines are expected to reach 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) in the eastern Visayas and southeast Luzon with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 300 mm (12 inches). This can lead to flash flooding and the threat for mudslides across the region. In eastern Luzon and northeast Mindanao, rainfall of 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) is expected with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 200 mm (8 inches). Winds from the storm will highly depend on how close the typhoon tracks to the coast, though Nicholls anticipates the possibility for wind gusts to near 160 km/h (100 mph), which can lead to power outages and some structural damage. Regardless of the exact track, the strong winds from the storm are likely to produce dangerous seas across the eastern Philippines beginning late this week and continuing into early next week. Boaters should use caution if venturing into offshore waters. After turning to the north of the Philippines, Surigae is likely to run into less favorable conditions for tropical cyclones, which should cause it to lose wind intensity later next week. However, it will still have to be watched closely as impacts to Iwo To and the Volcano Islands to the south of mainland Japan cannot yet be ruled out. Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier, Spectrum, FuboTV, Philo, and Verizon Fios.