Usman weakens into LPA after E. Samar landfall


Posted at Dec 29 2018 08:52 AM | Updated as of Dec 29 2018 06:11 PM

MANILA (3rd UPDATE) - Tropical Depression “Usman” weakened into a low pressure area (LPA) following its landfall in the vicinity of Borongan, Eastern Samar at 6 a.m. Saturday, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

PAGASA said the LPA was last spotted 60 kilometers east of Romblon, Romblon as of 4 p.m.

The LPA is expected to cross the northern part of Visayas, particularly Panay Island. It will then cross the Sulu Sea on Saturday night and will be in northern Palawan by Sunday morning.

But the weather bureau still warned that moderate to heavy rains would prevail over the Bicol region, CALABARZON, Marinduque, Romblon, and Northern Palawan.

An orange heavy rainfall warning was also issued at 11 a.m. in Southern Quezon where floods could hit low-lying areas and places near river channels.

Light to moderate rains are expected over Metro Manila and the rest of Palawan.

The northeast monsoon will, meanwhile, bring light to moderate rains over northern and central Luzon.

Sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon, the western seaboards of Southern Luzon, and the eastern seaboard of Visayas due to the surge of the northeast monsoon.

The weather condition is expected to improve starting December 31, New Year's Eve, when the LPA is forecast to exit the Philippine area of responsibility.
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