LPA may enter country this weekend

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014


MORE rains are expected to come in the next few days as the state weather bureau announced Monday that a low pressure area (LPA) might enter the country this Saturday, July 5.

According to the weather forecast of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the possible entry point of the LPA will be the eastern part of the Visayas islands.

But Pagasa weather specialist June Frivaldo said Mindanao should not let its guard down even if the rains the LPA will bring will only be experienced farther north.

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“Mindanao will still be affected by the LPA as we will experience cloudiness,” Frivaldo told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Monday evening.

She added the anticipated LPA is part of the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) that brought in heavy downpour resulting in flashfloods in certain parts of Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday.

This was confirmed by another news article that quoted a Pagasa weather specialist who said that the country will be “storm-free” in the next three days.

In an online Philippine News Agency (PNA) article published on its website Monday, Pagasa weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that no weather disturbance near the Philippine territory that “may intensify into a cyclone for the next two to three days” will occur.

This month, however, Pagasa is expecting three to four storms to hit the country, Aurelio added.

Pagasa considers the ITCZ, which are clouds coming from the south of Asia, a breeding ground for LPAs or potential cyclones.

Based on its monitoring, from 8 a.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday, Pagasa recorded 16.4 millimeters of rain, but Frivaldo said the measured rainfall is just “normal” for an ITCZ, although some creeks and waterways started to swell as a result of the downpour.

Frivaldo said the country may be anticipating the onset of the El Niño weather disturbance from July to December, but ITCZ will still be felt every now and then.

Per report from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), hundreds of families living along areas vulnerable to floods were advised to move to safer place due to Sunday’s rain.

Also, the Bitan-ag creek water level rose flooding portions of the C.M. Recto Avenue and affecting neighboring communities and establishments, including a few malls in the area.

Mallgoers were stranded for hours when the water flowed into the streets, hampering pedestrian and vehicular movements Sunday night.

On Monday morning, traces of inch-thick mud could be seen on the sidewalks and building frontages along C.M. Recto in Cagayan de Oro.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 01, 2014.

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