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Another potential cyclone enters PH

Posted at | Updated as of 09/04/14 10:00 PM

PAGASA MTSAT image as of 4 a.m.

MANILA – Another potential has entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), state weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday.

PAGASA said a new low pressure area (LPA) entered the PAR on Wednesday. The LPA was spotted 770 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes as of 4 a.m.

Speaking to dzMM, PAGASA forecaster Samuel Duran said the LPA off Virac is forecast to intensify into a tropical depression in the next 24 to 48 hours. Once the LPA develops into a cyclone within the PAR, it will be named "Karding."

Duran, however, said the potential cyclone might move towards Japan and avoid the Philippine landmass. The LPA, nonetheless, will trigger rains by enhancing the southwest monsoon, he said.

Another LPA was in the vicinity of Casiguran, Aurora province as of 4 a.m. Duran said this LPA off Aurora is no longer expected to turn into a cyclone.

In its 24-hour forecast for Thursday, PAGASA said Luzon, Visayas and the regions of Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Caraga will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rains or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.