LPA may develop into tropical depression, to bring rains to Eastern Visayas

LPA may develop into tropical depression, to bring rains to Eastern Visayas

PAGASA warns of a possible tropical depression as a low-pressure area (LPA) enters the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR). Eastern Visayas and Caraga may experience heavy rain and rough seas. Photo via Himawari-8

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has announced that a low-pressure area (LPA) has entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Monday, April 10, 2023. 

PAGASA has warned that the LPA could develop into a tropical depression as it moves towards the southern Luzon-Visayas area over the Philippine Sea. The LPA has moved closer to Eastern Samar as of 3:00 PM.

Based on all available data, the LPA was estimated to be 750 km east of Borongan City, Eastern Samar (12.5°N, 132.3°E).

PAGASA predicts the LPA will bring light to moderate rain with isolated heavy rain in Eastern Visayas and Caraga over the next 24 hours. Eastern Visayas, in particular, will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the LPA's trough.

Meanwhile, the rest of Visayas, Palawan (including the Kalayaan Islands), and Occidental Mindoro will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. 

PAGASA also expects moderate to strong winds from northeast to north to prevail over Eastern Visayas, Palawan (including Kalayaan Islands), and Occidental Mindoro, which may cause moderate to rough seas, making travel by sea difficult and dangerous.

Furthermore, the trough of the LPA and localized thunderstorms will affect Metro Manila, with partly cloudy to cloudy skies and isolated rain showers or thunderstorms in the forecast.

Due to the potential for heavy rain and rough seas, PAGASA has cautioned the public, particularly those in Eastern Visayas and Caraga, to remain vigilant against flooding and rain-induced landslides. PAGASA has urged the public, disaster risk reduction, and management offices to take all necessary precautions to protect life and property.

PAGASA will continue to monitor the LPA and provide updates as necessary. —iTacloban

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