THE low pressure area (LPA) that was embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao may develop into a tropical depression within the next 36 hours, said the state weather bureau Saturday, October 24, 2021.
As of 10 a.m. Sunday, October 24, the LPA was located at 205 kilometers west northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
“This weather disturbance may develop into a tropical depression within the next 36 hours as it moves generally westward and exits the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) between tonight (October 24) and tomorrow morning (October 25),” the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa)-Southern Luzon.
It added that in the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy with at times intense rains are highly likely to occur over Palawan, Aurora, Quezon, Camarines Provinces, and Catanduanes.
Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will prevail over Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, and the rest of Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Bicol Region.
Pagasa warned the public against flooding and landslides, saying these are highly possible in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.
Meanwhile, Pagasa is monitoring an active tropical cyclone outside PAR.
As of 3 a.m. Sunday, the tropical cyclone was located at 1,580 kilometers east of Visayas, with maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 55 kilometers per hour.
The cyclone was almost stationary, said Pagasa. (LMY)