Philippines braces for brewing New Year storm

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 29 2017 12:15 AM | Updated as of Dec 29 2017 12:30 PM

MANILA - The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Thursday said it has prepared for a brewing storm that may enter the country this weekend.

The NDRRMC, in a statement, said its operations center will remain under red alert for the approaching low pressure area.

"As early as now, the DILG has alerted the LGUs concerned to take the necessary preparations especially in the recently affected communities by TS Urduja and TY Vinta," the statement read.

"The public is advised not to discount weather advisories and warnings especially if there is a call for pre-emptive and force evacuation."

Relief and search, rescue, and retrieval operations continue for typhoon-stricken communities, it added.

The NDRRMC said the LPA is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, according to PAGASA.

It is forecast to intensify into a tropical depression on New Year's Eve and make landfall by Tuesday morning.

"During these dates, the highest rainfall amount for this weather disturbance might be experienced. The path of the LPA may still change prior to entering PAR. As it moves closer, the state weather bureau will provide more details as to what to expect and prepare for," the statement read.

The potential storm is threatening the country one week after back-to-back cyclones Urduja (Kai-tak) and Vinta (Tembin) flooded large swaths of the Visayas and Mindanao before Christmas, leaving close to 300 people killed.