LPA off West Philippine Sea has ‘high chance’ to become tropical depression

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The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Tuesday continued to keep watch on a low pressure area (LPA) off West Philippine Sea that has a high chance to become a cyclone.

Weather Forecaster Jori Loiz said that since the LPA is in the sea it has high chance to intensify into tropical depression

Once it develops into a cyclone, he said it will be named Jolina.

Jolina will be the third cyclone to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) this month and it will be the tenth cyclone to hit the country this year—which on the average is battered by about 17 to 20 storms every year.

As of 4 a.m. on Tuesday, the LPA embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) was spotted at 230 km West of Ambulong town, Batangas province affecting the entire archipelago.

Loiz said the predicted cyclone will continue to bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers in most parts of the country.

He said the forecasted cyclone moves west northwest will likely leave the PAR in the next two days.

Due to the extended cloud bans of LPA and ITCZ, Loiz noted that Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rain showers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides while the rest of the country including Metro Manila will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms due to southwest monsoon.

Loiz also said that the agency monitors a cloud cluster in east of Mindanao to develop into LPA in the coming days.

In its advisory, Pagasa said that moderate to occasionally strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough.

It added that light to moderate winds coming from the southwest to southeast will prevail over the rest of Luzon.

The coastal waters along these areas will be with slight to moderate. PNA

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