• LPA near Davao to bring heavy rains over Eastern Visayas, Surigao

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    The low pressure area (LPA) hovering near Davao is expected to dump heavy rains over parts of Eastern Visayas and Surigao that may trigger possible flash floods and landslides over these areas, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Saturday.

    PAGASA said that as 4:00 a.m. the LPA was spotted some 630 kilometers east of Davao City.

    Weather Forecaster Alvin Pura said the LPA has high chance of intensifying into a tropical depression in the next two to three days.

    He 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.

    Due to the trough of the LPA, Eastern Visayas and the provinces of Surigao will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides.

    Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) and the rest of Visayas and of Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Esperanza Cayanan, chief of PAGASA National Capital Region’s service division, warned of possible stronger monsoon rains and typhoons due to climate change.

    As the southwest monsoon affects the western section of Luzon, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

    In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to south will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters 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 northern seaboard of Northern Luzon and the western seaboards of Northern and Central 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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