New storm brewing east of Philippines: PAGASA

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Posted at Sep 20 2018 08:03 AM | Updated as of Sep 20 2018 08:39 AM

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MANILA -- A low pressure area or brewing storm was spotted off the Philippines' Pacific coast, one week after typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) lashed the northern Philippines triggering landslides and floods that killed dozens of people, the state weather bureau said Thursday.

The weather system was located 2,300 kilometers off Mindanao at 6 a.m. and is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday evening or Saturday morning, said PAGASA meteorologist Gener Quitlong.

It could intensify into a storm by Sunday or Monday and will be named Paeng, he told radio DZMM.

The LPA is unlikely to hit land, but will hover close to Batanes and may enhance the habagat or southwest monsoon, Quitlong said.

Batanes and other northern provinces over the weekend bore the brunt of Ompong's onslaught. The typhoon, the world's strongest so far this year, swamped large tracts of farmlands just weeks from harvest. At least 81 people were killed, according to authorities.

An inter-tropical convergence zone or band of clouds will bring scattered rains over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Central and Eastern Visayas and the whole Mindanao on Thursday, said Quitlong.

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DZMM, 20 September 2018