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LPA intensifies into tropical depression

The low-pressure area east of the country has intensified into a tropical depression and will be named “Marilyn” as soon as it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration estimated the location of the tropical cyclone at 1,495 kilometers east of Visayas or still outside the PAR around 10 a.m. yesterday.

The LPA developed into a tropical depression last Tuesday night.

The tropical depression, which may enter the PAR within 48 hours, has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 70 kph. It is forecast to move east-northeast at 15 kph.

Its trough or extension may bring scattered light to moderate rains with at times heavy rains during thunderstorms over Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, Marinduque, northern part of Palawan, including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, Bicol region, and Visayas.

However, PAGASA said the tropical cyclone is less likely to make landfall over the Philippines.

Meanwhile, PAGASA weather specialist Meno Mendoza said the LPA near extreme Northern Luzon has dissipated.
He said the southwest monsoon or “habagat” may bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Zambales and Bataan. (Ellalyn Ruiz)