LPA spotted off Bicol

Posted at 09/04/2012 8:23 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The state weather bureau is monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) off Bicol that has a potential of developing into a tropical cyclone.

PAGASA said the LPA, which was earlier categorized as a shallow LPA (SLPA), was spotted 460 kilometers east of Bicol Region as of 2 a.m.

The weather bureau said southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rains and thunderstorms which may trigger landslides and flash floods.

The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains and thunderstorms.

PAGASA said the southwest monsoon (habagat) continues to get weaker due to the transition to the northeast monsoon (amihan) season.

The northeast monsoon season is expected to begin this October and will last until March.

PAGASA Administrator Nathaniel Servando said weather systems likely to affect the country from October to December include the tail-end of the cold front, the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), easterly wave, ridge of high pressure area, and about 4 to 7 tropical cyclones.