IT could be a damp day for the Traslacion and seaborne processions tomorrow and Saturday as a low pressure area looms south of Mindanao, a weather official said yesterday.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that while the LPA that brought heavy rains to Cebu last Tuesday dissipated yesterday, another LPA could bring similar downpours especially during the last two days of the 453rd Fiesta Señor celebration.
But Engr. Alfredo Quiblat, PAGASA Mactan chief, said there is a low chance that the LPA will develop into a tropical cyclone once it enters the country.
Quiblat said the LPA is still about 1,500 kms. from the country and could bring light to moderate and occasional heavy rains to Cebu on Friday.
On Saturday, the LPA could possibly dissipate, but will still bring isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Though Saturday will be slightly rainy, it will not bring trouble to those participating in the annual seaborne procession as only less than one meter waves will be felt at the Mactan Channel once the LPA enters the country, Quiblat added.
In a separate interview, Commander Jerome Cayabyab of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Cebu station told SunStar Cebu that they have the option of canceling the seaborne procession in case the bad weather will expose them to risk.
“We will recommend to transport the image of the Santo Niño on motorcade should the weather worsen,” Cayabyab said. (JKV)
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on January 18, 2018.
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