Potential cyclone spotted east of Luzon-A A +A
Sunday, September 15, 2013
MANILA -- The low pressure area (LPA) spotted east of Luzon has a high chance to develop into tropical cyclone, the state weather bureau said on Sunday.
As of 10 a.m., the LPA was seen at 1, 090 kilometers (km) east of Luzon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in its 11 a.m. advisory.
Weather Forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the LPA, which is already inside the country's Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), has a higher chance of becoming a tropical depression because "it is still in the sea, where it could pick up more moisture."
He said it will be named "Odette" once it intensifies into a cyclone and will be the 15th cyclone to visit the country this year.
The Southwest Monsoon or Hanging Habagat will bring cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rain and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) and the provinces of Mindoro, Romblon, Marinduque, Bataan and Bulacan in the next two to three days which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
Residents in these areas are advised to take all necessary precautionary measures.
Meanwhile, Visayas and the rest of Luzon will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.
Pagasa is also monitoring a cloud cluster in Philippine Sea that may develop into an LPA in the coming days.
Aurelio said that in the next two to three days or until Tuesday, most parts of the country, except Mindanao, will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers.
Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. (PNA/Sunnex)