MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image as of 6:32 a.m., 09 January 2014. Image courtesy of PAGASA.
MANILA – A low-pressure area (LPA) spotted off Mindanao could become the first tropical cyclone in the Philippines this year, the state weather bureau said Thursday.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster Samuel Duran said the LPA was spotted 1,400 kilometers east of Mindanao and still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
"Base po sa ating analysis, malaki ang tsansa [nito] na maging bagyo," Duran told dzMM.
In the event the LPA intensifies into a tropical cyclone within PAR, it will be code-named "Agaton."
In its 24-hour forecast for Thursday, PAGASA said the trough of the LPA was affecting Mindanao, while the northeast monsoon (amihan) was affecting Luzon.
PAGASA said Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms, while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains.