Potential cyclone nears Yolanda-hit E. Samar

Posted at 01/17/14 8:31 AM

MANILA – The low pressure area (LPA) spotted east of Visayas and Mindanao continues to linger and is expected to bring more rains that may trigger flooding and landslides.

PAGASA said that as of 4 a.m., the LPA was spotted 250 kilometers southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

"Bahagya itong gumalaw pa-westward at lumapit sa Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Makapal ang ulap ng LPA at inaasahan natin na mas mataas ang probability na maging bagyo ito," PAGASA forecaster Fernando Cada told dzMM.

Cada said the slow-moving LPA will remain in the country for at least two more days, moving towards central and western Visayas, Sulu Sea, and then West Philippine Sea.

Due to the LPA, PAGASA said Eastern Visayas and Caraga region will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides.

The rest of Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region and Zamboanga Peninsula will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.

Bicol Region, Cagayan Valley and the province of Aurora will be cloudy with light rains.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rains. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rains or thunderstorms.

The LPA has already claimed 34 lives after it unleashed torrential rains that triggered flooding and landslides in Mindanao, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).