PAGASA monitors 2 LPAs over Luzon, Visayas

September 11, 2009 11:04 am 

MANILA, Sept. 11 — Two weather disturbances are churning over the Philippine seas, with one showing potential to become a storm this weekend, the state weather bureau said Friday.

"The eastern sections of Luzon and Visayas will experience scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms that may trigger flash floods and landslides," the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its latest bulletin.

The rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will experience moderate rains throughout the weekend.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, an active low pressure area (ALPA) was spotted 460 kilometers east of the Visayas, while another low pressure area was seen some 210 kms east of Luzon.

The ALPA east of the Visayas has the potential to develop into a storm by Friday night or Saturday morning, Robert Sawi, PAGASA Forecasting Division chief said, adding that it is likely to make a landfall over northern Luzon.

PAGASA has warned of rough sea conditions, particularly over the western seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon.

Meanwhile, 11 fishermen were rescued by a foreign vessel after their motor banca M/B Marvin 4 capsized about 20 nautical miles northwest of Bolinao, Pangasinan due to strong winds and big waves.

The fishermen were spotted by the crewmen of the Vietnam-registered M/V Longxuyen while passing through the seawaters of Ilocos Sur Thursday evening.

Informal investigation by the local coast guard revealed that the 11 fishermen went out for fishing venture on Sept. 5 at 10 p.m. On Sept. 8, at 3 a.m. while on their way home to Bolinao, Pangasinan, they encountered big waves and strong winds, causing their motor banca to keel over.

For more than 48 hours, the fishermen managed to cling to the capsized motor banca and were drifted northwards until they were spotted and rescued by the passing M/V Longxuyen en route from Pusan, South Korea to Bintulu, Malaysia on Thursday at 7:30 a.m., about 25 nautical miles west of San Esteban, Ilocos Sur.

The rescued fishermen, all residents of Bolinao, Pangasinan, were identified as Orlando Fernandez, 51; Alejo Caiga, 28; Ray Mark Suarez, 14; Dennis Pati, 27; Jonipher Javier, 31; Danny Boy Careg, 17; Eduardo Suarez, 43; Ronald Alcantara, 16; Nonoy Gabriel, 34; Alfie Gagarao, 18, and Jeffrey Gonzaga (boat captain), 31. (PNA) scs/MPC

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