A cloud cluster hovering near Mindanao has intensified into a low pressure area (LPA) on Friday afternoon, and threatens to bring more rain in Bicol region, Visayas and Mindanao, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Weather forecaster Samuel Duran said that as of 4:00 p.m. Friday, the LPA was estimated at 840 kms southeast of Mindanao (4.0°N, 133.8°E) and has small chance to intensify into tropical cyclone.
If it strengthens into a cyclone, Duran said it will be named “Crising”– the third storm to visit the country this year.
Duran noted that due to the trough or extended cloudiness of the LPA the Bicol region, Eastern Visayas and Caraga will experience cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rain showers and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides.
He added that Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) and the rest of Visayas and of Mindanao will have light to moderate rain showers or thunderstorms.
Duran also said that Northeast monsoon continues to affect Luzon as Cagayan Valley and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will have cloudy skies with light rains while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy with brief light rains.
In its advisory, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the northeast to north over Visayas and Mindanao.