MANILA - A low pressure area outside the Philippines is set to intensify into a tropical cyclone, just after super typhoon "Paolo" dampened much of the country, state weather bureau PAGASA said Sunday.
Floods triggered by Paolo last week forced Negros Oriental province to declare a state of calamity. Nine people meanwhile died in Zamboanga City amid inclement weather.
Paolo left the Philippine area of responsibility at 1 a.m. and headed for Japan, PAGASA meteorologist Gener Quitlong told DZMM.
PAGASA is now monitoring an "active" LPA that is approaching the country from the Pacific Ocean, Quitlong said.
"'Pag active, malapit na pong maging bagyo ito," he said.
PAGASA models, he said, show that the LPA will follow the same track as Paolo and was unlikely to make landfall.
The brewing storm has yet to affect the country.
In the mean time, Quitlong said an intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) or band of clouds will bring light to moderate and occasionally heavy rains over Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas and Palawan.
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