MANILA, Philippines – The extension of a low pressure area (LPA) located east of northeastern Mindanao is expected to dry out Palawan, Bicol Region, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Caraga, Davao de Oro, Davao de Oro, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi – Short on Friday, the state weather bureau said.
Flash floods and landslides were also likely in affected areas due to heavy rains, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) warned.
In a report released early Friday, Pagasa weather specialist Aldczar Aurelio explained that LPA may move into the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) during the day, but the likelihood of developing into a cyclone is low.
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The LPA extension, also called a trough, was one of three weather systems expected to bring rain to many parts of the country.
According to Pagasa, the fault line and the northeast monsoon (locally called amihan) will continue to affect Luzon and eastern Visayas.
It also said Batanes and Cagayan, including Babuyan Islands, will experience cloudy skies with light rains on Friday, while the rest of Luzon will see generally fair weather despite the possibility of light rain showers.
Generally fair weather may also occur in other parts of Visayas and Mindanao that are outside the areas affected by the LPA trough.
Meanwhile, Pagasa said it had maintained its gale warning for the following coastal areas:
- Ilocos Norte
- Ilocos Sur
- Cagayan, including Babuyan Islands
- Northern lights
- North coast of Quezon, including Polillo Islands
- Camarines Norte
- Independence Islands
- North and east coast of Catanduanes
- Northern and eastern coasts of Northern Samar
- Eastern coast of Eastern Samar
- Dinagat Islands
- Surigao East Coast
An LPA approaching PH may develop into a tropical depression – Pagas within 24 hours
Pagasa: The LPA near Mindanao is currently a tropical depression
The tropical depression weakens into an LPA, but may become a cyclone again
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