THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) is closely monitoring the track of the new tropical depression spotted east of Visayas and is expected to enter the country on Friday.
Based on the weather advisory at 10 a.m. Thursday, the tropical depression was estimated at 1,400km east of Visayas with maximum winds of 45 kph.
Pagasa said the tropical cyclone is too far to affect any part of the country. When it enters the country, the typhoon will be called Luis.
Meanwhile, trough of a Low Pressure Area (LPA) has been affecting western Luzon since Thursday. This weather system will enhance the Southwest Monsoon bringing light to moderate rains over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Cala-barzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Visayas and Mindanao. The rest of Luzon will experience partly cloudy skies with chances of isolated thunderstorms.
Possible intensification of the LPA is expected by September 13 and 14. The movement of this weather disturbance is west northwestward or generally away from the country. Therefore, for the rest of the outlook period (September 13 to 15), Zambales, Bataan and Mimaropa will be cloudy with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy skies aside from isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, general flood advisories were issued yesterday in Ilocos Region, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Central Luzon, Western Visayas, Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas.
Residents in these areas and local disaster risk reduction management councils concerned are advised to be alert and take all the necessary precautionary measures and monitor updates on this weather disturbance.