Pagasa monitoring LPA as ‘Urduja’ exits through West PH Sea


AS Tropical Depression “Urduja” (international name: Kai-tak) exits the country through the West Philippine Sea, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) is monitoring an approaching low pressure area (LPA).

The state-run weather bureau said that the LPA was now 1,450 kilometers east of Mindanao and has a “35 to 65 percent” chance of developing into a tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours.

It will most likely enter the country either on Wednesday or Thursday, Pagasa added.

Based on published reports, at least 31 people died and 49 are missing amid heavy rain spawned by “Urduja”.

The deaths occurred in Eastern Visayas where Urduja caused massive flooding.

As of 5 p.m., Pagasa located the tropical depression at 120 kilometers (km) northwest of Puerto Princesa, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 45 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 60 kph.

Storm Signal No. 1 remains up over Palawan, which may experience 30 to 60 kph winds until Tuesday.

Urduja is forecast to continue moving west-southwest at 18 kph.

Visayas and Mindanao can expect better weather as soon as the tropical depression exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Isabela, Aurora and Quezon province will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms because of the tail-end of a cold front.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon can still expect cloudy skies with scattered to light rains on Tuesday because of the northeast monsoon.



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