LPA moves closer to Luzon, Habagat continues to dump rains over PHL

September 16, 2013 8:32 am 

MANILA, Sept. 16 — The potential cyclone moves closer to Luzon while southwest monsoon or 'hanging habagat' will continue to bring cloudy skies with moderate rains in most parts of the country, the state weather forecaster said on Monday.

Weather forecaster Connie Dadivas said that as of 4 a.m. the low pressure area (LPA) was spotted at 750 km east of Casiguran, Aurora (16.5°N,130.0°E) while the southwest monsoon is now affecting Southern Luzon and Visayas.

"Medyo lumapit na yung LPA at dahil din sa habagat na nagbibigay na rin ito ng pag-ulan sa bansa particular sa Luzon and Visayas," Dadivas explained.

In the next 24 hours, she said the LPA has a higher chance of becoming a tropical depression since “it is still in the sea, where it could pick up more moisture."

She said it will be named “Odette” once it intensifies into a cyclone, the 15th tropical depression to enter the country this year.

Dadivas said that except in Mindanao, most parts of Luzon including Metro Manila and Visayas will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers.

In its advisory, PAGASA said Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Central Luzon and the province of Mindoro will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides while the rest of Luzon and Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

It added that Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA also said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over the western sections of Central and Southern Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to south with slight to moderate seas. (PNA)

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