Pagasa detects LPA, allays Yolanda fears

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Friday, January 3, 2014

THE state weather bureau said Friday that it has detected a potential cyclone east of the Philippines, but allayed fears it could become a super typhoon like Yolanda (Haiyan).

The weather disturbance, a low-pressure area, is still far away, about 3,000 to 4,000 kilometers (km) east of the Philippine area of responsibility, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

As of Friday, there is no enough proof to conclude that this will turn into a super typhoon like Yolanda, Pagasa said.

Typhoon Yolanda left 6,166 dead after it devastated the Visayas and Southern Luzon last November 8, 2013, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday.

Pagasa called on the public not to listen to rumors or statements without concrete basis. "Keep calm and don't panic," it said. (JK)

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