Residents in Bicol region and Quezon province were advised to remain vigilant against possible flash floods or landslides due to rains caused by a low pressure area (LPA), which was formerly tropical depression “Auring.”
“Even if it is just an LPA, it can still cause flooding and landslides due to continuous rainfall,” Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Loriedin dela Cruz said during its 5 p.m. press briefing on Monday, Feb. 22.
“The heavy rains are now concentrated in a large part of Bicol region, which could also affect some parts of Quezon province particularly the southern portion in the coming hours,” she said.
As of 3 p.m., the LPA was estimated at 50 kilometers west-southwest of Legazpi City, Albay.
The public, especially those in Bicol region and Quezon province, were advised to take extra caution as the “LPA may cross Southern Luzon, southern Quezon then northern part of Romblon in the next 24 hours,” Dela Cruz said.
The LPA may bring scattered to widespread moderate to at times heavy rains and thunderstorms, which could trigger flash floods or landslides in areas that are highly vulnerable to these hazards.
Dela Cruz said it is also possible that the LPA will eventually dissipate while traversing Southern Luzon.
Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms may also affect Metro Manila, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Bulacan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Zambales, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Northern Samar, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental within 24 hours.
Likewise, the northeast monsoon or “amihan” will still prevail over the rest of Luzon, Dela Cruz said.
Light to moderate with at times heavy monsoon rains may be felt in Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province.
Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan may have isolated light amihan rains.
Meanwhile, the rest of Visayas and Mindanao will have generally improved weather apart from some isolated rain showers caused by localized thunderstorms.
Dela Cruz said a gale warning remains in effect on Monday afternoon due to anticipated rough to very rough seas caused by the surge of amihan and the LPA over the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon and Visayas.
She warned fishing vessels and other small boats from venturing out into the sea, while larger sea vessels were advised to remain alert against big waves.