Low pressure area hovers south of Palawan

A potential cyclone – a low-pressure area – moved south of Palawan province in Southern Luzon Thursday afternoon, state weather forecasters said.

At 2:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on satellite and surface data 330 km West of Puerto Princesa City (10.0°N,115.5°E).

Northern Luzon and Eastern section of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming cloudy with widespread rains over Palawan and Eastern Visayas which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. The rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast and East will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the East to Northeast over Visayas and blowing from the Northeast to Northwest over Mindanao with slight to moderate seas.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the LPA may trigger flash floods and landslides in parts of Luzon and Visayas.

But in a Twitter post Thursday night, PAGASA said the LPA’s chances of intensifying into a cyclone had diminished as it interacts with the land mass of Visayas and Mindanao.

“Maliit ang probability kasi almost traversing na siya sa landmass ng Visayas/Mindanao area pero mag bibigay pa rin ng mga pag ulan (Its chances of becoming a cyclone diminished because it is crossing the land mass of Visayas and Mindanao),” PAGASA said.

Still, PAGASA said the LPA will bring rain to parts of the country.

“Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms becoming cloudy with widespread rain over the eastern sections of Central and Southern Luzon and Eastern Visayas, which may trigger flash floods and landslides,” it said in its 5 p.m. bulletin.

PAGASA added that the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

Should the LPA become a cyclone while inside Philippine territory, it will be codenamed “Sendong.” PAGASA expects only one cyclone this December.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast and east will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Light to moderate winds coming from the east to northeast will prevail over Visayas and coming from the northeast to northwest over Mindanao with slight to moderate seas. — ELR, GMA News

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