MANILA – The low pressure area (LPA) off Northern Samar will continue to induce rains over some parts Luzon and the Visayas in the next 24 hours, the state weather bureau said on Thursday.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Fernando Cada said that as of 4 p.m. the LPA was located at 190 km east northeast of Catarman, Northern Samar or 211 km east of Virac, Catanduanes (13.2ºN, 126.4ºE).
Cada said the LPA has a small chance to intensify into a tropical cyclone in the next 24 hours but still the agency continues to monitor.
Once it intensified into a tropical cyclone, it will be locally named “Florita,” the sixth tropical depression to enter the country this year.
Cada said the LPA is moving northwest and is expected to be at the northern tip of Cagayan on Friday evening and is expected to make a landfall.
If the LPA moves toward Cagayan, expect a gradual weather improvement in the Visayas and Mindanao by weekend while Luzon will experience moderate to occasionally heavy rains as the LPA will also be enhanced by the southwest monsoon.
Cada said in the next 24 hours, the LPA will continue to dump moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon provinces), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Bicol Region and Western Visayas which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
He added that the rest of Luzon and the Visayas will experience light to moderate rains and thunderstorms while Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.