LPA continues to induce heavy rains over Mindanao, E. Visayas

January 21, 2014 12:12 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 21 — The low pressure area (LPA) in Mindanao will continue to bring heavy rains in the area, the state weather bureau said on Tuesday.

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Fernando Cada said that the LPA remains stationary as of 4:00 a.m. and was spotted some 415 kilometers East Southeast of Davao City (6.5°N 129.5°E).

Citing the latest numerical models, Fernando said the LPA has a slim chance to re-intensify into a tropical depression.

If it does not dissipate "soon," he said it will likely exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) either Wednesday or Thursday due to interaction of frontal system.

Even before "Agaton" developed into a tropical depression late last week, it already brought intermittent heavy rains in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, Cada said the LPA will continue to bring cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rains in the regions of Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Provinces of Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and the Eastern Visayas.

He said the rest of Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains due to the extended clouds of the LPA.

On the other hand, he noted that Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains while Luzon including Metro Manila will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rains because of the northeast monsoon.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the northeast to northwest over Mindanao.

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

PAGASA also issued gale warning as strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon, will affect the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and Caraga region.

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

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