Combined effects of LPA, habagat to bring rains in parts of Luzon, Visayas

Published October 8, 2020, 1:57 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Brace for rains due to the combined effects of a low pressure area (LPA) and the southwest monsoon or “habagat” over Southern Luzon and Bicol Region, including Metro Manila and Visayas, in the next 24 hours.

As of mid-Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) located the LPA over the coastal waters of Concepcion, Romblon or 90 kilometers east-northeast of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.

The LPA as well as the “habagat” will bring moderate to heavy rains over the southern part of Quezon province, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, northern portion of Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, and Kalayaan Islands, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes within 24 hours.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will also be experienced over Metro Manila, Rizal, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, Quezon, Palawan, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, and Visayas.

PAGASA warned of flooding and rain-induced landslides that may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall.

Areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards were advised to take precautionary measures.

PAGASA said the LPA is less likely to develop into a tropical depression in the next 24 hours, however further development may occur once this weather disturbance emerges over the West Philippine Sea by Friday or Saturday.

The public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned were advised to take appropriate measures and monitor PAGASA’s updates related to this weather disturbance.