MANILA - The low pressure area (LPA) being monitored by state weather bureau PAGASA has moved closer to Eastern Samar.
PAGASA said the LPA was estimated at 180 kilometers northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar as of 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Weather forecaster Samuel Duran said the LPA continues to enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat), affecting the Visayas, and the regions of Bicol, Caraga and Northern Mindanao.
"Yung combined effect nila asahan po natin ang buong Kabisayaan, Kabikulan, Caraga at Hilagang Mindanao, makakaranas po ng katamtaman hanggang sa kung minsa'y malakas na pag-ulan na maaaring magdulot ng pagbaha at pagguho ng lupa," Duran told radio dzMM.
He said the potential cyclone is expected to move in a northwest direction toward the Bicol region.
"50-50 pa rin po yung tsansa [na maging bagyo]. Patuloy pa rin po nating babantayan," he said.
PAGASA said Mimaropa, Calabarzon and the rest of Mindanao will experience light to moderate rains and thunderstorms while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains or thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, 12 domestic flights were cancelled Thursday due to the bad weather, according to the Media Affairs Division of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).
- 2P 2079/2080 Manila-Catarman-Manila
- 2P 2071/2072 Manila-Calbayog-Manila
- 2P 2925/2926 Manila-Legazpi-Manila
- 2P 2031/2032 Manila-Busuanga-Manila
- 5J 323/324 Manila-Legazpi-Manila
- 5J 521/522 Manila-Naga-Manila
-- With report from dzMM