THE low pressure area (LPA) that entered the country Saturday morning is expected to develop into a tropical depression, possibly bringing heavy rains to Cebu on Sunday, Jan. 20.
Officials of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) urged those attending the Sinulog grand parade on Sunday to bring their umbrellas as the downpour was expected to last the whole day.
The LPA, which entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 11 a.m. Saturday, was last located 260 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
Al Quiblat, Pagasa Visayas acting chief, said that should the LPA turn into a tropical depression, it would be called Amang, the first storm to hit the country this year.
A tropical depression carries maximum sustained winds of up to 60 kilometers per hour. The LPA will make landfall either in Dinagat Island or in Surigao del Norte.
Possible flooding, landslide
Quiblat said a tropical depression’s subsequent direction and strength would be determined once it made landfall.
Quiblat has advised disaster officers in Cebu to be on alert, especially since the rains could result in flooding and landslides in vulnerable areas.
Meanwhile, Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak said the street dancing and ritual showdown of the Sinulog grand parade would push through rain or shine.
“All contingents are already aware of the rainy weather. We will entrust the decision to the head of contingents, if they will still continue to perform or not. But all of them signified that they would perform,” he said.
Tumulak, who also chairs the executive committee of Sinulog Foundation Inc., said their priority was the safety of all performers. (FROM HBL OF SUPERBALITA CEBU, KAL, RVC)