By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is monitoring two low pressure areas (LPAs), and one of which may develop into a tropical cyclone within the next few days.
PAGASA weather specialist Chris Perez said one of the LPAs is inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) and has been bringing rains over Palawan, parts of Visayas and most of Mindanao since the start of the week.
As of Wednesday noon, this particular LPA was last spotted at 445 kilometers (km) south-southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. It is still expected to bring moderate to occasional heavy rains over Palawan, Eastern Visayas and Mindanao.
PAGASA advised residents in these areas of possible flooding or landslides, especially in low-lying and mountainous areas.
Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon or amihan or cold wind will still prevail over Northern and Central Luzon. These areas will likely experience some light rains.
The rest of Luzon and Visayas will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms. Flooding and landslides are also possible at times of severe thunderstorms.
Perez, meanwhile, said another LPA is being monitored by PAGASA at 3,045 kilometers east of Mindanao.
He said the weather disturbance is still outside the PAR, but may likely enter the vicinity by Sunday or Monday.
“We are not ruling out the possibility that the LPA may intensify into a tropical depression while traversing the ocean,” Perez said.
The next tropical cyclone, which will be the 19th to enter the country this year, will be called “Samuel.”
According to PAGASA, at least one or two tropical cyclones may affect the country this month.