Approaching LPA may become storm after entering Philippines

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 17 2019 07:18 AM | Updated as of Jan 17 2019 07:19 AM

MANILA - A low pressure area heading towards the Philippines may intensify into a storm after entering the country, the state weather bureau said. 

The weather disturbance's formation was still "disorganized" and it may take some time for its circulation to improve, allowing it to become a storm, PAGASA weather specialist Benny Estareja told ABS-CBN News. 

The brewing storm, spotted 2,395 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur, will enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday afternoon or evening, weather forecaster Lorie Dela Cruz said in a Facebook video. 

The country's first storm this year will be named Amang, PAGASA said. 

Meanwhile, the amihan or cold air blowing from the northeast has reached Mindanao and may bring isolated rains across the country, said Dela Cruz. 

Temperatures may slide to 20 degrees Celsius in Metro Manila, 13°C in Baguio, 18°C in Tagaytay, 24°C in Cebu, and 23°C in Davao and Zamboanga cities. 

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