New storm brewing east of GenSan

Posted at 01/02/2012 10:41 PM | Updated as of 01/03/2012 7:36 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Northern Mindanao has yet to recover from the devastation left by tropical storm Sendong, and now, they are facing another potential cyclone.

Weather agencies are closely monitoring a low pressure area spotted 740 kilometers east of General Santos City.

The disturbance may be the Philippines' first storm for the year, as it is expected to strengthen in the next 2 to 3 days.

According to state weather bureau PAGASA, once it develops into a tropical cyclone, it will be named "Ambo."

Based on forecast models, it is not expected to make landfall because of its southwest movement.

However, it will bring rains over eastern and southern parts of Mindanao such as Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, South Cotabato, Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat.

While parts of Mindanao may be in for some rains in the coming days, those in Visayas can expect relatively good weather conditions in the next day or two.

Both the eastern and western portions of Visayas can expect a mix of sun and clouds, with a few drizzles in the afternoon or the evening.

Up north, weather will continue to stay breezy over across much of the northern provinces, thanks to the northeast monsoon.

Metro Manila will stay cloudy through Wednesday, still with light passing showers.

Warm afternoons, with highs of 30 to 32 degrees Celsius, are expected.

Cool breezy weather early in the morning, with lows of 21 to 22 degrees Celsius are also forecast. - report from Bettina Magsaysay, ABS-CBN News; ANC