A low pressure area (LPA) in the area of Eastern Samar is likely to develop into a tropical depression to be named “Ofel”, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Pagasa said the LPA, which was spotted 230 kilometers east-northeast of Borongan, was forecast to move generally northwestward toward the Bicol Region-Eastern Visayas area.
The state-run weather agency said the LPA was expected to intensify into a tropical cyclone named within the next 24 hours.
The public and concerned local disaster risk and reduction management offices were advised to continue monitoring for updates regarding the potential development of this weather disturbance, it said.
Due to its proximity to land, weather specialist Meno Mendoza said cyclone wind signals may be raised immediately once the LPA develops into a tropical depression.
This (LPA) will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Eastern Visayas, Surigao Provinces, Dinagat Island, Sorsogon, Albay, and Catanduanes, he said.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with scattered rain showers due to “habagat” (southwest monsoon) and localized thunderstorms.