By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Sunday said it is not discounting the possibility that the low pressure area (LPA) east of Mindanao may develop into a tropical cyclone.
PAGASA weather specialist Sheilla Reyes said the LPA has a slim chance of intensifying into a tropical depression within 24 hours but a possible development beyond the 24-hour monitoring period is not dismissed.
Reyes said the LPA, which was estimated at 750 kilometers east of Davao City around 3 a.m. on Sunday, may draw more fuel while it hovers over the sea.
Should it become a tropical depression, the first cyclone of the year will be given a local name “Ambo.”
The LPA has no direct effect yet over any part of the country as of Sunday but may bring rains as it move towards the landmass of Mindanao and Visayas in the coming days.
Reyes said parts of Mindanao may experience scattered rains and thunderstorms due to the LPA by Monday, and over some parts of Visayas as the potential cyclone traverses the region in the next few days.
She advised the public to continue monitoring official PAGASA updates regarding this weather disturbance.
Meanwhile, most of the country may continue to experience warm and humid mornings with chances of localized thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening.
PAGASA advised the public to take precautions against possible flooding or landslides in the event of severe thunderstorms.
Sudden but short-lived rains or thunderstorms, especially in the late afternoon or early evening, is becoming more prevalent as the country transitions from the warm and dry episode to the wet season.