LPA near Visayas in PH; may become 'Karen'

Posted at 09/02/2012 10:18 AM | Updated as of 09/02/2012 4:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A low-pressure area (LPA) spotted near the Visayas region yesterday has entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) as of Sunday morning, the state weather bureau said.

In an interview with DZMM TeleRadyo, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather forecaster Fernando Cada said the LPA was last spotted 690-kilometers east of Visayas.

"Patuloy po nating mino-monitor yung namu-muong sama ng panahon o low-pressure area, na kung saan ito po ay nasa loob ng ating Philippine area of responsibility," Cada said.

"Nasa layong 690-km na po siya sa silangan ng Kabisayaan."

According to the latest PAGASA weather forecast, the southwest monsoon also continues to affect Luzon.

The whole country will experience scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. In particular, rains will be widespread over western parts of Southern Luzon and Visayas, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to west will prevail over Palawan, Viasayas and Mindanao. Coastal waters along these areas are expected to be moderate to rough, PAGASA said.

Cada said there is a slight possibility that the LPA will develop into a storm, which will be named "Karen." It will be the 11th storm to enter the country this year. – Reports from Nikki delos Santos, DZMM; ANC.