THE low pressure area (LPA) located 2,000 kilometers off northeastern Mindanao is fast approaching the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
Engineer Al Quiblat, chief of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Sciences Administration (Pagasa) Visayas, said their two scenarios are for the LPA to recurve and melt, or to make landfall that will possibly hit Cebu.
If the LPA will recurve, it will no longer affect Cebu, especially during the Sinulog activities for which a multitude of tourists have come.
Quiblat said if it will become a storm, it will be named Amang.
It will make landfall in between the Caraga Region and Eastern Visayas in the evening of Jan. 18, and will hit between Metro Cebu and Northern Cebu on the night of Jan. 20.
He said if this LPA will become a cyclone, it will bring moderate to heavy rains, affecting the seaborne parade, solemn foot procession, and the Sinulog grand parade. (EOB)