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Two low pressure areas, one possibly intensifying into a tropical cyclone, off the Pacific Ocean are expected to bring light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao today, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said yesterday.
One of the LPAs, which may develop into a tropical depression within 24 to 36 hours, was estimated at 850 kilometers east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte at around 11 a.m. yesterday, said PAGASA Marine Meteorological Services Section chief Rene Paciente.
“It may intensify within 24-36 hours, unless environmental condition does not favor the cyclone formation,” Paciente said.
Should it intensify into a tropical depression, it will be named “Ambo,” the first tropical cyclone inside the country’s area of responsibility this year.
The other LPA was 160 kms southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. Paciente said this LPA may not intensify into a tropical cyclone because it is already close to the landmass.
Both LPAs are embedded along the intertropical convergence zone, which will bring light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao within the next two to three days.
PAGASA said cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will be experienced over Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao due to the LPA embedded along the intertropical convergence zone. (Ellalyn B. de Vera)