Cyclone nearing Mindanao


State forecasters are currently tracking a potential cyclone as rain over parts of Mindanao is expected today.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said a low-pressure area (LPA) was 870-kilometer east of Mindanao and was embedded along the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). The LPA is gaining strength as it is still at sea.

Should the LPA intensify into a cyclone, it would be locally named Wilma.

Pagasa said the ITCZ is affecting Mindanao, while the easterlies or warm winds from the east are affecting the eastern sections of Luzon and Visayas.

Northern Mindanao, Caraga and Davao regions can expect “cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.” On the other hand, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be “partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly over the eastern sections.”

Meanwhile, moderate to strong winds from the east will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Winds will be light to moderate coming from the east to northeast over the Visayas region, and coming from the northeast to north over Mindanao, with slight to moderate seas.


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