• ‘Emong’ intensifies, new LPA develops off Ilocos

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    The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Monday said rains and thunderstorms will continue as tropical depression Emong is expected to intensify within the next 24 to 48 hours and as a new low pressure area is forming off Ilocos Norte.

    According to the weather agency, Emong was 280 km east of Virac, Catanduanes, packing winds of 55 kilometers per hour near its center. The tropical depression is expected to be 330 km east of Aparri, Cagayan by tomorrow, and 400 km northeast of Basco, Batanes by Thursday morning.

    Pagasa forecaster Jun Galang said a cloud formation near Laoag could become a low-pressure area later this week.

    Emong is expected to dump moderate to heavy rains over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

    In particular, Mimaropa, Bicol region, Visayas, Northern Minda­nao, and Caraga will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rain showers and thunderstorms, which may trigger flash floods and landslides. On the other hand, Metro Manila, Ilocos, Calabarzon, Zambales, Bataan, and the rest of Mindanao will be cloudy, with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.

    The rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds from the southwest to southeast will prevail over Luzon, while winds coming from the southwest to west will breeze through Visayas and Mindanao.

    Coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.

    Pagasa said Emong will remain within the Philippine Area of Responsibility until Friday, and advised the public and the disaster coordinating councils to take appropriate actions.

    Jing Villamente And  Francis Earl A. Cueto

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