Slow-moving LPA may intensify into a cyclone

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 15 2014 09:13 AM | Updated as of Jan 15 2014 11:02 PM

MANILA – The low pressure area that has been lingering for days near the Visayas and Mindanao regions now has a bigger chance of intensifying into a tropical cyclone, a state weather forecaster said.

Samuel Duran, a Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster, said the LPA was heading towards the Pacific Ocean, making its chances of intensifying into a cyclone higher.

"Nag-northeastward siya. Ang masakit niyan eh lalakas ito. Ang LPA ay mataas na ang chance na pwedeng maging bagyo," Duran told dzMM.

PAGASA said as of 4 a.m., the LPA was spotted 100 kilometers east of Borongan, Eastern Samar.

Duran said from the Pacific Ocean, the LPA will then move west, hitting Eastern Visayas. The LPA is forecast to exit land through Sulu Sea and then hit Palawan area.

"Mabagal ang kilos niya, maaring by next week nandito pa siya sa loob ng PAR (Philippine area of responsibility)," he said.

In its 24-hour weather forecast for Wednesday, PAGASA said the regions of Bicol, Eastern and Central Visayas, Caraga and Northern Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides.

CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Western Visayas and the rest of Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be cloudy with isolated light rains.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), days of rains that triggered floods and landslides already left 24 people dead.