LPA enters Philippines

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Friday, August 22, 2014

MANILA -- A low pressure area (LPA) entered the country on Friday morning, bringing rains over Visayas and Mindanao, the state weather bureau said.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, the LPA was spotted at 260 kilometers (km) northeast of Virac, Catanduanes, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported on its latest bulletin.

Pagasa said the LPA will bring light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over Palawan, Visayas, Bicol, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Northern Mindanao until weekend.

The rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will continue to experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains due to localized thunderstorms, the weather bureau added.

"Residence in these areas and local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils concerned are advised to be alert and take all the necessary precautionary measures," Pagasa said.

Low Pressure Area
Satellite image of the low pressure area as of 12:01 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2014. (Source: DOST Project Noah)

Pagasa weather forecaster Chris Perez said the LPA is embedded in the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Visayas.

The ITCZ is considered as breeding ground for LPAs or potential cyclones.

Perez said the agency's numerical models continued to show that the weather disturbance has a slim chance to become a tropical depression.

The state weather bureau said two to three more storms are expected to enter the Philippines before the end of August.

The next tropical cyclone that will visit the country will be named "Kanor." (Sunnex/with PNA)

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