‘Caloy’ downgraded into LPA, strands thousands


Tropical depression “Caloy” weakened into a low pressure area (LPA) after stranding thousands of passengers on Saturday.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), ‘Caloy” made landfall in Tandag, Surigao del Sur at 10 a.m. yesterday.

Weather forecaster Samuel Duran said the tropical depression, the third to hit the country this year, has a slim chance of gaining strength in the next 24 hours.

The weather bureau has lowered all public storm warning signals.

However, Eastern Visayas and Caraga regions will continue to have cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides.

Duran said the rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, will not be affected by the LPA and will continue to have fair weather.

Eight domestic flights to Mindanao were cancelled on Saturday because of the bad weather. The Manila International Airport Authority said Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) and PAL Express cancelled flights to Ozamis, Cagayan de Oro and Surigao.

Although ‘Caloy’ has weakened, PAGASA advised fishing boats and other small seacrafts not to venture out into the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Luzon and the Visayas where a surge of northeasterly wind flow was observed.

With a report from PNA


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