LPA to bring heavy rains in Mindanao

June 15, 2013 12:09 pm 

MANILA, June 15 — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Saturday warned of possible flashfloods and landslides in Mindanao as the low pressure area (LPA) near Davao City is expected to dump moderate to heavy rains over the region.

In an interview, weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that as of 4:00 a.m. Saturday, the LPA was spotted at 345 km east of Davao City (7.0°N, 129.0°E) embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

He noted that the LPA also has a chance of intensifying into a tropical depression while at sea.

“Sa ngayon patuloy natin ito binabantayan dahil may posibilidad nito na maging isang bagyo dahil nasa dagat pa ito,” he explained.

If the LPA strengthens into a tropical depression, Aurelio said it will be named “Emong” – the fifth storm to visit the country this year and the first for the month.

Aurelio said the regions of Caraga, Davao and Soccskargen will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rain showers and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides.

He said other parts of the country, including Luzon and Visayas, may expect rain as well due to the southwest monsoon.

In its advisory, PAGASA said the Ilocos region, Visayas, the rest of Mindanao and the provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro and Palawan will be cloudy with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA added that moderate to strong winds from the southwest to southeast will prevail over the western section of Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Light to moderate winds coming from the southeast will prevail over the rest of Luzon and coming from the northeast to northwest over Visayas and Mindanao with slight to moderate seas, it added. (PNA)

LAM/CLTC

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