By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The low-pressure area (LPA) east of the Philippines will likely intensify into a tropical depression before its expected landfall over Surigao del Norte by Sunday evening.
According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Benison Estareja, the LPA has entered the Philippine area of responsibility and was estimated 945 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur before Saturday noon.
Estareja said the LPA could bring moderate to heavy rains over Caraga, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Camiguin and Misamis Oriental as early as Saturday evening.
The LPA has a high chance of becoming a tropical cyclone within 24 hours. Once it intensifies into a tropical depression, the disturbance will be given a local name of “Amang,” the first cyclone in 2019.
Estareja said the weather disturbance could make landfall over Surigao del Norte or Surigao Island by Sunday evening.
By Sunday, the weather disturbance could bring moderate to heavy rains over Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Bicol, southern Quezon, Romblon and Marinduque.
Moderate to heavy rains will still prevail over Visayas, Bicol, southern Quezon, Romblon and Marinduque on Monday.
Estareja warned residents in these areas, particularly those living near river channels, and low-lying and mountainous areas to take extra precaution against possible flooding or landslides.