PAGASA forecasts LPA to intensify into TD ‘Queenie’

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The low pressure area (LPA) in east of Mindanao is expected to intensify into tropical depression Wednesday, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

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In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Manny Mendoza said once the LPA intensifies into tropical depression it will be locally named “Queenie”, the 16th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.

He said “Queenie” has maximum winds of 45 kph and is moving west northwest at 24 kph.

He added the tropical depression has high chance to make landfall in some parts of Mindanao and also expected to intensify its strength to tropical storm since its in the sea.

Meanwhile, Mendoza said that as of 4 a.m., the LPA was estimated at 315 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (8.5°N, 129.2°E) that will dump rains over parts Visayas and Mindanao that may cause flashflood and landslides.

Caraga, Northern Mindanao and the provinces of Leyte and Bohol will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashflood and landslide while the regions of Bicol and Davao and the rest of Eastern and Central Visayas will have light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

”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,” PAGASA said.

The rest of the country including Metro Manila will continue to experience fair weather with localized thunderstorms.

The state weather bureau also issued gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of weather disturbance may affect the Eastern seaboard of Visayas and Northeastern of Mindanao.

“Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it warned.

In its advisory, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the East to Northeast will prevail over the Northern and Eastern sections of Luzon and coming from the Northeast to Northwest over the Eastern section of Visayas and Mindanao.

The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the Northeast to North with slight to moderate seas.

The weather bureau will release official weather bulletin between 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. regarding the tropical depression. PNA

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