• ‘Lando’ in PH by Wednesday evening


    A low pressure area (LPA) monitored by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) developed into a tropical depression on Monday evening.

    On Tuesday, Pagasa said the tropical depression outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) will strengthen further and has a high chance of intensifying into a storm before entering the country on Wednesday evening.

    At 4 p.m. of Tuesday, it was estimated at 1,870 km east of Luzon with maximum winds of 45 kph near the center. It is forecast to move west at 25 kph.

    If it maintains its current speed and direction, the tropical depression will be locally named “Lando,” the 12th to enter the PAR this year and second this month.

    Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon or amihan is beginning to affect Northern Luzon.

    This will bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms to Ilocos Region, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and the provinces of Aurora, Quezon and Camarines.

    Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

    Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Eastern Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

    Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to northwest with slight to moderate seas.

    Strong to gale-force winds are expected to affect seaboards of Northern Luzon.

    “Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” Pagasa said.


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