MANILA - The low pressure area (LPA) off northern Mindanao has intensified into a tropical depression.
In its 5 p.m. advisory on Thursday, PAGASA said the weather disturbance has remained almost stationary. It was last spotted 990 kilometers east of northern Mindanao.
PAGASA weather forecaster Connie Rose Dadivas told radio dzMM that it is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) within the next 24 hours.
By then, it will be locally code-named "Henry."
The tropical depression was packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph).
According to Dadivas, it is expected to intensify since it is still over water.
"Pero kapag ito ay bumilis at mas mabilis siyang lumapit sa kalupaan ay mas less ang pag-intensify niya," she said.
PAGASA said the new weather disturbance is not yet directly affecting any part of the country.
But once it enters the PAR, it is expected to bring rains over the Visayas and the northeastern Mindanao, Dadivas said.
Typhoon "Glenda," which battered Luzon on Wednesday, left the PAR on Thursday morning.
Glenda left at least 40 people dead and 17 others wounded. Four people, meanwhile, remain missing.