LPA east northeast of Borongan may develop into storm

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

MANILA (Updated) -- The state weather bureau has been monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) east northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar, saying it has a high chance of developing into a tropical cyclone.

The LPA will bring light moderate rains and thunderstorms in Visayas and Bicol Region, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Pagasa said the LPA was estimated as of 4 p.m. Sunday at 940 kilometers east of Southern Luzon. It is not expected to intensify in the next 24 hours.

LPA monitored east northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar
Satellite image by Pagasa

But once it develops into a tropical depression inside the Philippine territory, it will be locally named "Inday," the ninth tropical cyclone to enter the country this year, said Pagasa weather observer Lenny Ruiz.

As of Sunday, the southwest monsoon or "hanging habagat" -- which is associated with the occurrence of intermittent to continuous rains -- continues to be the dominant weather system affecting the archipelago.

Ruiz said the southwest monsoon or "hanging habagat" is affecting western Luzon.

For Sunday forecast, he said Palawan will experience occasional rains while the Visayas and the regions of Bicol, Caraga and Davao, and the provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

The rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.

Pagasa also said in its advisory that moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to west will prevail over the eastern section of the Visayas and Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to west over the rest of the country with slight to moderate seas. (Sunnex/With PNA)

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