LPA in extreme N. Luzon still too far to directly affect country — PAGASA

August 30, 2013 9:41 am 

MANILA, Aug 30 — A potential cyclone hovering in Northern Luzon remains almost stationary and still not directly affecting the country, the state weather bureau said on Friday.

Weather Forecaster Samuel Duran said that as of 4 a.m. the low pressure area was spotted at 1,050 km east of extreme Northern Luzon (19.4°N, 133.3°E) and still has slim chance to intensify into tropical depression.

He said the weather disturbance has no direct effect tothe country since it is still too far from the country’s landmass.

However, Duran said the weather agency continues monitoring and once the weather disturbance intensifies into a cyclone inside the country it will be named “Odette.”

“Odette” would be the fifth cyclone to visit the country this month and the 15th for this year.

Duran said good weather condition is still expected to prevail in many parts of the country this coming weekend.

Until Sunday, except for extreme Northern Luzon and Mindanao, Duran said the rest of the country including Metro Manila are still expected to have mix weather from sunny to cloudy skies with possible passing rains in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms.

He noted that Northern Luzon will continue to have cloudyskies with occasional light to moderate rains due to the effect of a “weakening” southwest monsoon.

Mindanao, on the other hand, he added will experiencepartly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light to moderate rains because of a wind convergence.

In its advisory, PAGASA said the Batanes group of islands and Caraga will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

The weather agency said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the South to Southwest will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Winds will be light to moderate coming from the southeast to South over Visayas and coming from East to Southeast over Mindanao with slight to moderate seas.

The weather agency also issued a gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of southwest monsoon to affect the northern seaboards of Northern Luzon.

"Fishermen and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," it said. (PNA)



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