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PAGASA warns of possible mudflow

The possible occurrence of mudflow remains a threat to Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, and Quezon due to rain and thunderstorms brought by the continuing Taal Volcano activity.

According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Meno Mendoza, the ongoing volcanic activity has an impact on the weather in the immediate vicinity of Taal Volcano and neighboring areas.

Cloudy skies with isolated rains and thunderstorms may prevail over Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, and Quezon. Those in these areas should take extra precaution due to reduced visibility during ashfall and mudflow caused by light to moderate rains.

Meanwhile, the effect of the low pressure area (LPA) at 670 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes has already weakened on Tuesday.

Mendoza said the LPA will likely move toward the tail-end of cold front – the boundary between cold northeast monsoon and warm easterly winds – before its dissipation.

As the tail-end of cold front prevails, cloudy skies with light to moderate rains may affect Masbate, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar, and Southern Leyte.

Flood-prone and landslide prone areas should be alert against possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms.

Aurora, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region will have some light rains due to the northeast monsoon or amihan.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country may experience generally cloudy weather condition in the morning with chances of rain showers in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms.

The weather bureau has not issued a gale warning thus fisherfolk and seafarers are safe to sail. (Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz)