LPA in Mindanao could intensify into tropical cyclone in next 3 days

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A new weather disturbance east of Mindanao could intensify into a tropical depression in the next three days, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Friday.

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Weather Forecaster Connie Dadivas said on Friday that the low pressure area (LPA) is now inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) but will not yet affect the country.

However, Dadivas said that as the LPA goes nearer to the country, it may affect Mindanao by Saturday night. On Sunday night it is expected to affect Visayas and possibly parts of Luzon.

She added the LPA has a high chance of developing into a tropical depression since it is in the sea.

She said once the LPA intensifies into tropical depression it will be locally named, Nando, the fourth cyclone for this month and 14th to enter the country this year.

She noted that one more cyclone is still expected to enter the country before the end of the month.

Dadivas said that as of 4:00 a.m. Friday, the LPA was spotted at 870 km east of Mindanao.

Dadivas added the southwest monsoon (habagat) continues to prevail but unlike the previous days, rains will be lighter in Luzon including Metro Manila.

In its advisory, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms while Visayas will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

It added moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

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

Pagasa said strong to gale-force winds associated with the southwest monsoon may affect the seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon and the western seaboard of Southern Luzon.

“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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