LPA brings widespread rains over eastern sections of Visayas and Mindanao — PAGASA

July 26, 2012 9:45 pm 

MANILA, July 26 — A low pressure area (LPA) east of Surigao del Sur is bringing widespread rains over the eastern sections of the Visayas and Mindanao, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

Weather forecaster Meno Mendoza said the LPA was spotted at 470 kilometers east of Hinatuan City, Surigao del Sur (8.9ºN, 131.0ºE) as of 2 p.m. Thursday. It is expected to become a tropical depression on Friday afternoon, he added.

“Once it intensifies into a tropical depression, the weather disturbance will be locally named 'Gener'. Ayon sa models, hindi ito magla-landfall at maapektuhan nito ang pagitan ng Visayas, Mindanao at Southern Luzon. Paakyat ito patungong Japan,” Mendoza said.

“Kung maging ganap na bagyo itong LPA bukas, inaasahan natin na lalabas ito sa Philippine area of responsibility by Tuesday or Wednesday. Inaasahan natin na maulan ang ating weekend,” he added.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said Metro Manila will experience rains due to the southwest monsoon.

At the same time, Mendoza said that the LPA off the Batanes already dissipated but another weather disturbance was spotted at 790 kms east Aparri, Cagayan (19.0ºN, 130.0ºE). He added, however, that this will not affect the country as of now.

In its advisory, PAGASA said the whole country will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms, becoming cloudy with widespread rains over the eastern section of the Visayas and Mindanao and may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

"Residents living in low-lying areas and along mountain slopes are advised to be on alert for possible occurrence of flashfloods and landslides,” the state weather agency said.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon and coming from the southwest to west over the rest of the country.

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

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