One of the two low pressure areas (LPAs) inside the country’s area of responsibility is likely to develop into a tropical depression within the next 48 hours, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Saturday, Oct. 23.
PAGASA said one of the LPAs was over Santa Rita, Samar at around 10 a.m.
“This LPA is less likely to develop into a tropical depression and may dissipate while traversing over Visayas,” it pointed out.
Meanwhile, the other LPA was over the coastal waters of Hadji Muhtamad, Basilan.
“This weather disturbance may develop into a tropical depression within the next 48 hours as it moves generally northwestward,” PAGASA said.
The next tropical cyclone inside the Philippine area of responsibility will be named “Odette.”
In the next 24 hours, PAGASA said light to moderate with at times heavy rains may prevail over the Visayas, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Quezon, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, Sulu, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay.
“Under these conditions, isolated to scattered flooding, including flash floods, and rain-induced landslides are possible especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps,” PAGASA warned.
It advised the public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned to take appropriate measures and continue monitoring PAGASA’s updates regarding these weather systems.