Flash floods, landslides threaten Mindanao due to shallow LPA-A A +A
Friday, August 31, 2012
MANILA -- Flash floods and landslides may threaten Mindanao as the shallow low pressure area (SLPA) continues to cause rainshowers, the state weather bureau said on Friday.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) forecaster Rene Paciente said the SLPA will bring widespread rains in southern and western Mindanao which may trigger flash floods and landslides.
Paciente said as of 2 a.m. Friday the SLPA spotted at 280 km Southeast of Davao City has a small chance to develop into a tropical cyclone.
Pagasa said once the LPA develops into a tropical cyclone inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility it will be locally named “Karen," the 11th cyclone to enter the country this year.
He added that the weather agency is also monitoring the band of rain clouds which will develop into another weather disturbance in the Pacific Ocean, but it is still too far away to pose any threat to the country.
Paciente said Metro Manila will experience fair weather with temperature ranging between 24-32 degrees Celsius.
He added that due to the southwest monsoon, Northern and Central Luzon will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.
In its advisory, Pagasa said the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
The weather agency said moderate to strong winds blowing from the Southwest to South will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon and coming from the Southwest to West over Mindanao. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate blowing from the southwest to west with slight to moderate seas. (PNA)