LPA’s end while inside PAR possible

MANILA -- The low-pressure area (LPA) bringing rain to parts of the country may cross island-studded Visayas, and weaken, further dimming its chance for intensifying into a tropical cyclone (TC).

"That LPA may even dissipate already while still inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility," said weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio from State-run Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

He raised such possibility as LPAs risk weakening when moving over land since these weather systems draw from water energy needed to intensify.

In its weather advisory 3 released Saturday (Jan. 14), PAGASA located the LPA at some 125 kms east-northeast of Catarman municipality, Northern Samar province in the Visayas.

"The LPA's forecast movement is westwards," said Aurelio.

Such movement means the LPA will pass islands in the Visayas, increasing possibility for this weather system's weakening.

Possibility for such LPA's development into a TC within the next 24 hours "remains low," PAGASA said in its advisory.

PAGASA warned moderate to occasionally heavy rains andthunderstorms are possible in Bicol Region, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar provinces as well as southern part of Quezon province.

Such rains may trigger flash floods and landslides there, PAGASA said.

"Light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will prevail over rest of the Visayas as well as Marinduque, Romblon and Oriental Mindoro provinces," PAGASA added. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency