New LPA unlikely to develop into tropical depression — PAGASA

A new low pressure area (LPA) has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) but is unlikely to develop into a tropical depression within the next 24 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) advised in its 4 p.m. forecast on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

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It was seen 205 kilometers (km) northeast of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, or 125 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

Meanwhile, the earlier reported LPA was seen 405 km southwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

Both LPAs are not expected to develop into tropical depressions, PAGASA said.

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The state weather bureau added that cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rain showers and thunderstorms are expected over Caraga and Eastern and Central Visayas due to the LPA.

It may also bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, and the rest of Visayas and Mindanao.

Cloudy skies with rains are also expected in Cagayan Valley, CALABARZON, and Aurora caused by the northeast monsoon or amihan while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

An Orange Rainfall Warning was raised in Albay (1st District), Camarines Sur (4th District), Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte (Sindangan, Siayan, LTPOstigo, Salug, Godod, Liloy), and Misamis Occidental (Bonifacio, Tangub, Ozamis, Clarin, Dalaga, portion of Oroquieta, Baliangao, Plaridel).

PAGASA also raised a Yellow Rainfall Warning for the rest of Albay and Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Maguindanao del Norte, the rest of Misamis Occidental, the rest of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay.

"Meanwhile, Light to moderate with occasional heavy #rains affecting #Masbate, #NorthernSamar, #OrientalMindoro, #Romblon, and #Marinduque which may continue for 2 to 3 hours," it added.

PAGASA warned of possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains in these areas.

A gale warning is still in effect over the seaboards of Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Isabela, Aurora, Northern Quezon including the northern and eastern coasts of Polillo Island, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, and Zambales.

It is also raised over the western coast of Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, and Kalayaan Islands, Camarines Norte, the Northern coast of Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar.