LPA spotted east of Mindanao

Posted at 02/09/12 12:40 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Weather bureau PAGASA on Thursday said it is monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) east of Mindanao.

PAGASA weather forecaster Nikos Peñaranda said the LPA is still outside the Philippine area of responsibility, and is expected to enter the country by Thursday afternoon.

The LPA was spotted 1,060 kilometers east of Mindanao.

In its official Twitter account, PAGASA said the LPA was spotted near Caroline Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

“A developing Low Pressure Area (LPA) was spotted East of Mindanao & outside the PAR in the Caroline Islands. It is not yet affecting any part of the country. Details to follow...” PAGASA said.

Peñaranda said there is a low chance of the LPA intensifying to a full weather disturbance.

Nevertheless, PAGASA said areas in eastern and central Visayas; and northern and eastern Mindanao should expect rains aggravated by the tail-end of the cold front.

Peñaranda said it will be particularly rainy in southern Cebu and quake-hit Negros Oriental in the coming days. – report from Johnson Manabat, dzMM