Potential Christmas storm may lash quake-hit Davao: PAGASA


Posted at Dec 20 2019 09:47 AM | Updated as of Dec 20 2019 11:07 AM

MANILA — A low pressure area or brewing storm could head for Davao del Sur this Christmas as the southern province reeled from a powerful quake, the state weather bureau said Friday, while another weather system started dampening the holiday merriment in parts of the country.

The LPA was about 2,500 km east of Mindanao at 3 a.m. It is expected to enter the Philippine area at the earliest on Sunday, 2 days before Christmas Eve, said PAGASA weather forecaster Raymond Ordinario.

The country's potential 21st storm this year will head for Eastern Visayas or Northern Mindanao, and could affect Davao Del Sur, he told radio DZMM.

Davao del Sur was the epicenter of a magnitude 6.9 quake last Dec. 15, which left at least 11 dead, cracked some 14,000 houses and spawned around 960 aftershocks so far, according to the disaster agency.

A second LPA was spotted about 795 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur at 3 a.m., said Ordinario.

The weather disturbance on Friday will bring cloudy skies and isolated thunderstorms over Caraga, Davao Region, Northern Mindanao, and Eastern and Central Visayas, he said.

The LPA nearer to the country is unlikely to strengthen into a storm, PAGASA earlier said.

Meanwhile, western Luzon and Metro Manila on Christmas will experience generally fair weather that may be marred by isolated rains for up to 2 hours in the afternoon, said Ordinario.

Christmas storm Usman, one of the deadliest tropical cyclones of 2018, left 156 dead and damaged some 32,000 houses in parts of Luzon and Visayas, the disaster agency reported.

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