PAGASA monitoring new LPA near Mindanao

Posted at 01/06/2013 11:45 AM | Updated as of 01/06/2013 4:02 PM

MANILA – Weather bureau PAGASA is monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) last spotted around 700 kilometers southeast of Mindanao.

In an interview with radio dzMM on Sunday, weather forecaster Ricky Fabregas said the LPA is embedded along the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) also affecting the island.

Fabregas said PAGASA will continue to monitor the movement of the LPA but there are no signs yet that it will intensify into a tropical cyclone.

“Sa ngayon, ang mga data natin hindi pa nagpapakita na mag-i-intensify into a tropical cyclone ang LPA na ito. Pero patuloy po naming binabantayan kasi baka ang mangyari katulad nung kay ‘Auring’ na lagpas na po ng Mindanao, nandoon na sa Sulu Sea, at saka nabuong bagyo,” he said.

If in case it strengthens into a tropical depression, the second weather disturbance to hit the country this year will be called “Bising.”

“Sa loob po ng 12 hanggang 24 oras, makikita na natin kung ano ang magiging sitwasyon ng LPA na ito,” he said.

Meanwhile, Fabregas said Mindanao and Eastern Visayas can expect light to moderate rains.

“Ang umiiral ngayon sa Mindanao ay ITCZ kaya may mga lugar doon na patuloy nakakaranas ng pag-ulan. Kung itong LPA ay lalapit sa lugar, maaaring mag-trigger po ito ng flashfloods and landslides. Sa Eastern Visayas at natitirang bahagi ng Mindanao, light to moderate thunderstorms lang ang maaasahan dahil sa ITCZ,” he said.

Northern Luzon, particularly Cagayan Valley, will be having some light rains due to the northeast monsoon, Fabregas said.

The rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will stay generally sunny with only brief showers or thunderstorms. – With a report from ANC