LPA moves closer, brings rains over Visayas, Mindanao-A A +A
Friday, September 7, 2012
MANILA -- The new low pressure area (LPA) earlier spotted off the eastern coast of the country continues to move closer and has a chance of developing into a tropical storm, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
Pagasa said that as of 10:30 a.m. Friday, the potential cyclone was estimated at 485 kilometers east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.
Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the LPA has a chance to develop into a tropical storm since it is in the sea.
Once the weather disturbance becomes a storm, it will be named “Karen," the 11th cyclone to enter the country this year.
Aurelio said the LPA is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains (2.5-15.0 millimeters per hour) and thunderstorms in eastern Visayas and Mindanao which may trigger flash floods and landslides.
He added that the rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, will have fair weather but will experience partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening. (PNA)