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PAGASA: LPA east of Batanes to intensify


THE low-pressure area east of Batanes will likely develop into tropical depression “Neneng” within 24 to 48 hours.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geo­physical, and Astronomical Ser­vices Administration weather specialist Ariel Rojas said the LPA has a high chance of becom­ing a tropical cyclone over the weekend but is not expected to make landfall over any part of the country.

The location of the LPA was estimated at 820 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes as of yesterday morning.

Rojas said the brewing tropi­cal cyclone will not directly affect the country but may enhance the prevailing southwest monsoon or “habagat” by weekend.

The habagat will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Cavite, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Oc­cidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Albay, Ca­marines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Mas­bate, Aklan, Antique, Negros Oc­cidental, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar, and Southern Leyte yesterday and today.

PAGASA advised residents in these areas of possible floodings and landslides due to scattered rains and thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with iso­lated rain showers due to local­ized thunderstorms.

PAGASA also warned residents in these areas against possible flash floods and landslides due to severe thunderstorms.

It has not issued a gale warn­ing but warned sea vessels of moderate to rough seas over the seaboards of Southern Luzon and Visayas due to the southwest monsoon.

Light to moderate seas will prevail over the rest of the coun­try. (Ellalyn V. Ruiz)