LPA spotted east of Mindanao

A low-pressure area (LPA) was spotted near Mindanao Friday, but the State weather bureau said that it is still unlikely to intensify into a tropical depression.


The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) spotted the LPA at 240 kilometers east of Davao City as of 3 a.m. Friday.

PAGASA weather specialist Shelly Ignacio said the LPA has a slim chance of becoming the country's first tropical cyclone this year.

However, Ignacio said the LPA is embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and will still bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over the Visayas, Bicol region, and Mimaropa.

The State weather agency warned residents in areas affected by the LPA and ITCZ of possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to heavy rains.

The ITCZ is also expected to bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms in Mindanao which could cause flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms.

The prevailing northeast monsoon or "amihan" will continue to affect Luzon, particularly Cagayan Valley and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), where cloudy skies with light rains are expected.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon can also experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains due to the northeast monsoon, PAGASA added.