Pagasa: Heavy rain over Leyte, Mindanao

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

MANILA -- Areas in Leyte and several Mindanao provinces continue to experience moderate to heavy rain on Tuesday, due to the low pressure area (LPA) over Mindanao.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) issued a rainfall alert over Leyte at around 9 a.m.

It said that the towns of Abuyog, Javier, MacArthur, Mayorga and La Paz will experience heavy rain that may trigger flooding and landslides.

In another advisory, Pagasa said that portions of Lanao del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro City, General Santos City and Davao Oriental may experience moderate to heavy rain which may continue for two to three hours.

"Meanwhile, light to moderate with occasional heavy rain over portions of Maguindanao, Lanao Del Sur, Compostela Valley, Davao Del Norte, Davao City, Davao Del Sur, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Zamboanga peninsula, Agusan Del Sur, Agusan Del Norte, Camiguin, Surigao Del Norte, Surigao Del Sur, Sultan Kudarat, Misamis Occidental, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-tawi which may continue for 2-3 hours," it added.

"Flooding is threatening in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas," it also said.

Pagasa said that as of 4 a.m., the LPA was seen at 60 kilometers (km) north of Butuan City.

"Mindanao and the regions of Bicol, Eastern and Central Visayas will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rain showers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides," Pagasa said.

It added, "Calabarzon, Mimaropa and the rest of Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms."

Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon continues to affect Northern and Central Luzon.

"Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be cloudy with isolated light rains," said Pagasa.

The state weather bureau once again issued a gale warning over various seaboards across the country.

"Strong to gale force winds is expected to affect the seaboards of Southern Luzon and the Eastern seaboard of Visayas, the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon (Aurora) and the seaboards of Northern Luzon," it said. (SFP/Sunnex)

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