LPA enters Philippines, likely to become tropical depression

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Posted at Jan 19 2019 01:00 PM | Updated as of Jan 19 2019 06:18 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - The low pressure area (LPA) monitored off Mindanao has entered the Philippine area of responsibility at 10 a.m. Saturday, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

The LPA is still likely to develop into a tropical depression in the next 24 hours.

PAGASA said that once the LPA becomes a tropical depression, it could place the Eastern Visayas and Caraga areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1.

The LPA has no direct effect on any part of the country yet.

In its 5 p.m. press briefing, PAGASA said the weather disturbance was last spotted 585 kilometers east of Hinatuan town, Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, moderate to heavy rains will prevail over the Caraga region, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Camiguin, and Misamis Oriental starting Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, Caraga, northern Mindanao, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Bicol, southern Quezon, Marinduque, and Romblon could experience moderate to heavy rains.

By Monday, the same weather condition could be experienced over Bicol, the Visayas, southern Quezon, Marinduque, and Romblon.

"Residents of the aforementioned areas, especially those living in areas at high risk of flooding and landslides are advised to continue monitoring for updates, take precautionary measures, and coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices (DRRMOs)," PAGASA said.

PAGASA, meanwhile, raised a yellow rainfall warning level over Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, where flooding is possible in low-lying and near river channel areas.

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