Flash floods and landslides threaten Visayas and Mindanao areas as a low-pressure area

Flash floods and landslides threaten Visayas and Mindanao areas as a low-pressure area, that Japanese meteorologists now consider a tropical depression, continued to hover near General Santos City.

PAGASA said the LPA was estimated to be 200 km east of General Santos City as of 4 a.m., with the Visayas and Mindanao to experience cloudy skies, moderate to heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms.

The Japan Meteorological Agency, in its 5:20 a.m. update, said the LPA near Mindanao was now a tropical depression which was slowly moving west-northwest.

PAGASA’s 5 a.m. bulletin still referred to the weather system as an LPA. However, if it does become a cyclone, it will be locally codenamed Agaton.

Meanwhile, with the northeast monsoon affecting Luzon, the Cagayan Valley and Bicol regions, along with Aurora and Quezon provinces, will have cloudy skies with light rain.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rains.

Gale warning

PAGASA said strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon will affect the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon.

This includes Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, the northern coasts of Cagayan and Ilocos Norte, Aurora, Camarines provinces, Catanduanes, eastern coasts of Albay, Sorsogon and Quezon including Polillo Island.

PAGASA also said strong winds will also affect the seaboards of Central and Western Visayas (Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Bohol, Cebu and Negros Oriental) and Misamis provinces and Zamboanga Del Norte.

Other areas affected by the winds and waves include the seaboards of Eastern Visayas (Samar and Leyte) and Caraga (Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Sur), Davao Oriental and Davao Del Sur.

“Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” the weather service advised. — DVM, GMA News

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