LPA rains to affect most of Visayas, Mindanao — PAGASA

Published January 24, 2022, 5:47 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz


While the low pressure area (LPA) east of the country has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) still advised the public to stay vigilant as rains may affect most of Visayas and Mindanao in the next few days.

In the PAGASA’s weather bulletin on Monday afternoon, Jan. 24, the LPA was estimated at 120 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur around 3 p.m.

PAGASA still does not see the LPA developing into a tropical cyclone but may bring significant rains over Visayas and Mindanao as it hits land on Tuesday, Jan. 25, senior weather specialist Chris Perez said.

In the next 24 hours, scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the trough or extension of the LPA may prevail over Bicol region, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, and the whole of Visayas.

Perez advised the public to stay vigilant against possible flash floods or landslides due to the occurrence of moderate to, at times, heavy rains.

Moreover, he urged the public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned to take appropriate actions.

“PAGASA Regional Services Division may issue local heavy rainfall warnings, rainfall/thunderstorm advisories, and other severe weather information specific to their areas of responsibility as appropriate,” PAGASA said in a weather advisory.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

PAGASA also warned that flash floods or landslides may sometimes occur during severe thunderstorms.

Perez said a fresh surge of the northeast monsoon or “amihan” is expected on Tuesday and will initially affect the northern Luzon area.