PH's first potential storm in 2019 churns closer


Posted at Jan 14 2019 07:33 AM

Commuters experience a rainy ride home in Mandaluyong City, October 30, 2018. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - A brewing storm or low pressure area churned closer to the Philippines on Monday, as another weather system threatened to bring rains to large swaths of Mindanao, the state weather bureau said.

Spotted 3,240 kilometers east of Mindanao at 3 a.m., the LPA may intensify into a tropical depression and enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday or Saturday, said PAGASA weather forecaster Jomaila Garrido.

The country's first storm in 2019 will be named Amang, she said in a Facebook video.

Meanwhile, the tail end of a cold front will stir occasionally heavy rains that may spawn floods and landslides in Soccsksargen and Davao regions, warned Garrido.

The amihan or cold air blowing from the northeast, she added, will bring light rains over Cagayan Valley.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies also due to the amihan, the weather forecaster said.

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