'Isang' to bring rains over Northern Luzon, says Pagasa

July 15, 2009 9:15 am 

MANILA, July 15 — Tropical depression "Isang" continues to gather strength as it moves over the warm waters of Philippine Sea, and is expected to affect Northern Luzon in the coming days.

Robert Sawi, senior weather forecaster at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), said that at 4 p.m. Wednesday, the eye of "Isang" was spotted 280 kilometers east-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes.

It is packing winds of 55 kilometers per hour while moving northwest at 19 kph.

"In the next two to three days, Isang will bring rains in the provinces of Northern Luzon, such as Isabela and Cagayan," Sawi said.

The western sections of Southern Luzon, including Metro Manila, and Western Visayas will experience scattered rainshowers with thunderstorms, especially in late afternoon and early evening, weathermen said.

Possible landslides, mudslides, mudflows (lahar) and life-threatening flash floods are likely to occur along steep mountain/volcanic slopes, river banks, low-lying and flood-prone areas of the affected areas, Pagasa warned.

Meanwhile, Sawi said that the Low Pressure Area (LPA), earlier located at 370 kms west of Iba, Zambales, was no longer a threat as it continued to move away from the country. (PNA) scs/MPC


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