State weather forecasters have spotted a new tropical depression approaching Borongan, Eastern City Friday, the third weather disturbance to hit the country this year.
In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, state weather bureau PAGASA said the low pressure area east of Borongan has developed into a tropical depression and was named "Carina."
Packing 45 kph winds and moving northwest at 11 kph, Carina is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains within its 300-km diameter.
Carina is forecast to hit 280 km east of Virac, Catanduanes by Saturday morning, and 255 km east of Casiguran, Aurora by Sunday.
The tropical depression is forecast to reach 50 km north-northwest of Laoag, Ilocos Norte by Monday morning.
"Carina will bring moderate to heavy rains over Bicol region, Eastern Visayas and CARAGA region which may trigger flashfloods and landslides," PAGASA said.
PAGASA earlier said the Philippines is expected to have fewer tropical cyclones this year due to the lingering effect of the El Niño phenomenon.