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PAGASA monitoring LPA off Bicol

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration is keeping a close watch on a shallow low-pressure area off the Bicol region.

PAGASA weather specialist Gener Quitlong said the LPA was 1,795 kilometers east of Legazpi City or still outside the country’s area of responsibility.

So far, the weather disturbance is less likely to develop into a tropical cyclone.

However, Quitlong said the LPA may make landfall and bring rains over the eastern section of Central or Southern Luzon in the next few days.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon or “habagat” remains the prevailing weather system over the country.

Zambales, Bataan, Palawan, Oriental Mindoro, and Occidental Mindoro may experience cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms due to habagat.

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

PAGASA advised the public to remain alert for possible flash floods in low-lying areas and landslides over mountainous areas, especially during severe thunderstorms.

So far, four tropical cyclones, “Kabayan,” “Liwayway,” “Marilyn,” and “Nimfa,” have entered the country’s area of responsibility this month. However, none of these tropical cyclones have made landfall over the country. (Ellalyn Ruiz)