Tropical Depression may dampen Christmas in Mindanao


Posted at Dec 21 2019 12:16 PM


MANILA – Some parts of the country may experience a rainy Christmas day as two weather systems are currently being observed close to the Philippines. 

In its latest advisory, state weather bureau PAGASA said a new tropical depression off Mindanao is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Monday and is forecast to make landfall between Eastern Visayas and Caraga region on Christmas day.

As of 11 a.m., Pagasa said the tropical depression was last spotted 1,885 kilometers east of Mindanao. It will be named "Ursula" when it enters PAR between Sunday night and Monday morning.

"Beginning Tuesday (24 December), moderate to occasionally heavy rains may prevail over Visayas and northeastern Mindanao," PAGASA said. 

The tropical depression has maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 60 kph.

At the moment, it has no direct effect on any part of the country.

Meanwhile, the low pressure area inside PAR was located at 410 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur as of 10 a.m.

It will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Caraga and the provinces of Davao Oriental and Davao de Oro (formerly Compostela Valley). 

Residents living in low-lying areas are advised to take appropriate measures against possible flooding and landslides.