Storm brews off eastern Philippines ahead of SEA Games


Posted at Nov 25 2019 11:05 AM

This satellite image from PAGASA shows a low pressure area swirling east of Luzon.

MANILA -- A low pressure area or brewing storm off the country's Pacific coast is churning towards Luzon as the Philippines hosts the 30th Southeast Asian Games this week, the state weather bureau said Monday. 

The weather system will enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Wednesday and move towards northern Luzon. It may develop into the country's 20th storm this year, PAGASA said in its weekly weather outlook. 

The brewing storm is still too far from the country for meteorologists to gauge its potential effect, PAGASA weather forecaster Ezra Bulquerin told ABS-CBN News. 

The biennial games will be held in 56 venues in Metro Manila and other Luzon provinces like Tarlac, Zambales, Laguna and Cavite starting Saturday.

Easterlies or winds blowing from the Pacific Ocean on Monday will bring isolated light rains over Bicol Region and in Aurora and Quezon provinces. Metro Manila and the rest of the country may experience floods and landslides due to localized thunderstorms, said PAGASA. 

Severe tropical storm Sarah brought rains to vast swaths of Luzon last week. 

This week will mark the fourth time the Philippines will host the SEA Games, where athletes from 11 countries will compete in 56 sports. 

Visit the ABS-CBN Weather Center for the latest weather updates.