LPA off GenSan unlikely to become cyclone: PAGASA

Posted at 01/11/14 10:01 AM

MANILA -- The low pressure area (LPA) off General Santos City has a low chance of intensifying into a tropical depression, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Saturday morning.

Speaking to ANC, PAGASA forecaster Glaiza Escullar said the LPA, which was last spotted 460 kilometers east of General Santos City, is not expected to develop into a strong storm because of the northeast monsoon (amihan).

But in case the LPA intensifies, it will be locally named "Agaton," the first tropical cyclone in the Philippines this year.

Nonetheless, the LPA will continue to bring moderate to heavy rains over the regions of Caraga and Davao, where residents are advised to be on alert for flashfloods and landslides, PAGASA said.

Visayas and the rest of Mindanao will also experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains.

Meanwhile, Escullar said the northeast monsoon continues to affect Luzon.

Cagayan Valley and Aurora will have light rains, while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have isolated rains or thunderstorms.

Escullar also said the northeast monsoon will continue to bring cold weather to Metro Manila until the end of February.