The wet weather will prevail this week since the low pressure area earlier spotted east of Surigao City has developed into a tropical depression which the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) named “Emong.”
As of press time yesterday, “Emong” was 370 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and was moving north northwest at 9 kilometers per hour.
“Emong” will be located 320 kilometers northeast of Catarman this afternoon, and 490 km northeast of Tuguegarao, Cagayan by Wednesday afternoon. The weather bureau said it may intensify in the next 24 hours.
While it is still too far to directly affect any part of the country, the tropical depression will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.