Weather: LPA hits land, passes through Palawan

February 17, 2012 9:14 am 

MANILA, Feb. 17 — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the low pressure area (LPA) has hit land over Mindanao as it lingers over the coastal waters east of Palawan.

PAGASA in its weather synopsis issued 5:00 a.m. Friday, said that at 2:00 a.m., the LPA was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 130 kilometers east northeast of Puerto Princesa City (10.2°N, 120.0°E) after hitting land over Mindanao area on Thursday, February 16.

With this weather system, PAGASA forecast that the whole country will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming widespread rains over Palawan, Visayas, Central and Western Mindanao which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

Senior weather forecaster Mario Palafox said that the LPA’s possibility of developing into a tropical depression remains as it moves out to the sea.

For its wind and sea alert, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast and east will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the east and southeast over Mindanao. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough. (PNA)

DCT/MAGI/mec

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