LPA brings heavy rains over Palawan

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MANILA: Flashfloods and landslides threaten Palawan due to a low pressure area (LPA), the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Wednesday.

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In a interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said that as of 4:00 a.m. the LPA was spotted some 115 km east of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

She added the LPA is expected to re-intensify into a cyclone, while passing the West Philippine Sea as it exits the country’s territory.

Escullar said the LPA will bring cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms over Palawan which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

She added the northeast monsoon continues to affect Luzon.

Escullar said that Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol Region and the provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms due to wind convergence of northeast monsoon and easterlies.

She added that the rest of Luzon will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains.

Escullar said that Visayas and Mindanao will have improved weather Wednesday as it will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast and east will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to southeast with slight to moderate seas.

PAGASA also issued gale warning strong to gale force winds due to northeast monsoon is expected to affect the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon and eastern seaboard of Visayas.

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

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