MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image as of 6:32 a.m., 16 January 2014. Image courtesy of PAGASA.
MANILA – The regions of Eastern Visayas and Caraga should brace for more rains that may trigger floods and landslides as a cyclone is expected to form in the next 24 hours, the state weather bureau said.
Samuel Duran, a weather forecaster from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said the lingering low pressure area (LPA) east of Mindanao is expected to intensify into a tropical depression on Thursday or Friday.
"Nasa karagatan na ito and based sa analysis malaki na ang tsansa na maging bagyo ang LPA. Maaring ngayong araw o bukas," Duran told dzMM.
Should the LPA intensify into a tropical depression, it will be named "Agaton," the first cyclone for 2014.
Duran said the LPA remains over the sea and will hit land anew, this time as a tropical depression.
"Babalik ito ng kalupaan bilang isang bagyo. Pa-westward ang pagkilos nito at lalapit sa Visayas o Mindanao… Ang nakikita namin ay maaari siyang pumasok sa pagitan ng Visayas o Mindanao pero ang concentration ng pag-ulan ay sa Eastern Visayas at Caraga region," he said.
Days of heavy rains that triggered floods and landslides have already left 26 people dead in Mindanao, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
In its 24-hour weather forecast issued Thursday, PAGASA said Eastern Visayas and Caraga will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms.
Bicol region and the rest of Visayas and Northern Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.
Cagayan Valley and the province of Aurora will be cloudy with light rains. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rains. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rains or thunderstorms.