THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Thursday said Tropical Depression Domeng (Peipah) weakened into a low-pressure area (LPA) but can still bring rains over parts of Eastern Visayas and Mindanao.
Pagasa forecaster Buddy Javier said the LPA was estimated at 350 kilometers east-northeast of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur as of 4 a.m.
“Kahit ito ay LPA, ito ay magbibigay ng light to moderate rain showers at thunderstorms [Even if it is LPA, it will bring light to moderate showers and thunderstorms],” he said in an interview on dzBB radio.
He also said the LPA is moving toward the north, and will continue to bring rain to parts of Visayas and Mindanao.
Earlier this week, the LPA caused heavy rain in parts of Eastern Visayas that were devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November 2013.
Pagasa’s advisory said the LPA is likely to persist within 24 to 48 hours, and will bring light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms, and moderate to rough seas over the eastern section of Visayas and Mindanao.
Pagasa also said Davao and Caraga, Misamis Oriental and Eastern Visayas will have cloudy skies with scattered light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening, it added.
Pagasa also said moderate to strong winds from the northeast to northwest will prevail over the eastern section of the country and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to northwest with slight to moderate seas.