LPA off Mindanao likely to become a cyclone

Posted at 01/30/2014 7:37 AM
MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 5:32 a.m.,30 January 2014. Image courtesy of PAGASA

MANILA – A new potential cyclone is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) today, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

PAGASA said as of 4 a.m. Thursday, a low pressure area (LPA) was spotted 1,170 kilometers east of Northern Mindanao.

According to PAGASA forecaster Samuel Duran, the LPA will enter PAR between Thursday afternoon and evening.

Duran said there is a high chance that the LPA will intensify into a tropical depression and bring moderate to heavy rains over Eastern Visayas and Eastern Mindanao.

"By February 1, Sabado, iyun ang ine-expect na mararamdaman na ang pag-ulan sa Eastern Visayas and Eastern Mindanao," Duran told dzMM.

Duran said the weather disturbance may make landfall in areas recently battered by the slow-moving tropical depression "Agaton".

Agaton spawned rains that triggered flooding and landslides in the Caraga region, killing at least 66 people.

"Iyng takbo na nakikita natin, maaaring dito sa may Northern Mindanao o Caraga region o sa Eastern Visayas ang entrada nito," Duran said.

PAGASA said for Thursday, Luzon and Visayas will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains, while Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains or thunderstorms.