Flash floods and landslides threaten Mindanao as the cloud cluster spotted over east of Mindanao has intensified into a low pressure area (LPA), the state weather forecaster said on Friday.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Alvin Pura said the LPA has a slim chance to become a cyclone based on their models.
Pura said the LPA will be named “Jolina” once it turns into a tropical depression.
It will be the third cyclone to visit the country this month and the tenth for this year.
Based on its current track, Pura said the LPA, or if it becomes a cyclone, is expected to weaken and dissipate if it makes landfall over Mindanao.
“Pero inaasahan na hihina ito at posibleng matunaw na rin after nito tumama sa lupa,” he said.
As of 4:00 a.m. Friday, the LPA embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) was spotted 600 km east of General Santos City (6.0°N, 131.0°E).
Due to extended clouds of the LPA and the ITCZ, Pura noted that parts of Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
Pura added the monsoon trough continues affecting Northern and Central Luzon as some parts of Visayas and the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan and Central Luzon will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
The rest of the country including Metro Manila will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains due to localized thunderstorms.
In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to occasionally strong winds blowing from the southwest to southeast will prevail over the western section of Northern and Central Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough.
Light to moderate winds coming from the northeast to southeast will prevail over the rest of Luzon and Visayas and coming from the northeast to northwest over Mindanao.
The coastal waters along these areas will be with slight to moderate. PNA