(Update) LPA off Surigao del Sur to become tropical depression within 24 hours –PAGASA

October 22, 2012 10:00 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 22 — The low pressure area (LPA) off Surigao del Sur on Monday afternoon entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone within 24 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

Weather Forecaster Samuel Duran said as of 4 p.m. Monday, the LPA was estimated at 620 km east of Hinatuan City, Surigao Del Sur (8.0°N, 132.4°E) and is embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Visayas and Mindanao.

Duran said Visayas and Mindanao will be cloudy with moderate to heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides due to the ICTZ.

Duran said the LPA is still far to affect the country but the ICTZ is bringing rains to the Visayas and Mindanao while some parts of the country are experiencing localized thunderstorms.

He said once the LPA develops into a tropical depression and eventually intensifies into a cyclone inside the PAR, it will named “Ofel” – the 15th cyclone to enter the country this year.

Duran said it also has a high chance of making a landfall between Surigao Del Norte and Southern Leyte, should it become a cyclone.

Based on the models, Duran added that the predicted cyclone will also bring rains over the areas of Luzon including Metro Manila by Thursday due to its northward movement.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that Bicol region and Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) will have occasional light to moderate rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to north with slight to moderate seas

PAGASA a strong to gale force wind is expected to affect the Eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon and Visayas.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves. (PNA)

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