Active LPA may become storm in 36 hours: PAGASA

Posted at 06/26/2012 7:51 AM | Updated as of 06/26/2012 10:11 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The active low pressure area (ALPA) spotted east of Visayas may intensify into a storm within the next 36 hours, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Tuesday.

As of 2 a.m., the ALPA was spotted 750 kilometers east northeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

“Ine-expect namin, base sa [numerical] models, within 36 hours ay magiging ganap na bagyo ito,” PAGASA forecaster Buddy Javier told dzMM.

Javier said the ALPA was moving in a northwest direction and may bring rains over most parts of Luzon as it approaches land.

“Ang tatamaan niya kung magiging ganap na bagyo ay Luzon. Pagka naging bagyo siya, kapag lumapit iyon, tiyak may [storm] signal sa malapit na lugar kung saan siya naroon,” he said.

If the ALPA intensifies into a storm, it will be named “Dindo”.

PAGASA said Bicol region, Palawan, eastern Visayas and northern Mindanao will have mostly cloudy skies with widespread rains.

The rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds will prevail over northern, central and southern Luzon; and Visayas. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.