LPA to become tropical depression by Thursday or Friday –PAGASA

July 18, 2012 11:34 pm 

MANILA, July 18 — The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that the low pressure area (LPA) spotted east of Central Luzon is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone by Thursday or Friday.

Weather Forecaster Samuel Duran said that as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the LPA was spotted 830 kilometers east of Central Luzon (16.4°N, 131.0°E) as it continues to gain strength while still at the seas.

“It expected to become a tropical cyclone by Thursday or Friday which will affect the Northern Luzon and has little chance of making landfall should it become a cyclone,” Duran said in interview.

He added that once the LPA develops into a tropical depression and enters Philippine territory, it will be named "Ferdie”, and will be the sixth weather disturbance to enter the country’s area of responsibility this year.

Meanwhile, Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming cloudy with widespread rains over the Bicol region and Eastern Visayas which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

"Residents living in low-lying areas and along mountain slopes are advised to be alert for possible occurrence of flash floods and landslides," PAGASA said.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

Light to moderate winds blowing from the southwest to northwest over the rest of the country.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate. (PNA)

LAM/CLTC

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