Thursday, August 9, 2012

Monsoon rains still expected; new LPA to form Monday

MANILA (Updated 9:47 a.m.) – The weather bureau said Friday the southwest monsoon continues to affect Northern and Central Luzon, with rain-showers likely to fall over Metro Manila during the weekend.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) forecaster Ricky Fabregas also said they are monitoring another potential cyclone - a low pressure area (LPA) that could again enhance the southwest monsoon.

He said the LPA may enter Philippine territory as early as Monday.

“‘Yung LPA nasa far east of the Philippines, expect natin papasok ito by next week Monday or Tuesday. Sa nakikita nating scenario, may chance maging bagyo dahil nasa karagatan pa ito (The LPA is still in the far east of the Philippines, we’re expecting it by Monday or Tuesday. This has a chance to become a tropical cyclone because this is still at sea)” Pagasa weather forecaster Raymond Ordinario said.

He said that once it becomes a cyclone and enters the Philippine area of responsibility, it will be locally named “Helen,” the eight weather disturbance to enter the country this year.

Ordinario also said they are not discounting the possibility that the LPA may again enhance the southwest monsoon and cause heavy rain.

The heavy rain that caused massive flooding since Tuesday in Metro Manila and nearby provinces killed 49 people and forced thousands to flee from the deluge.

Although the floodwaters already subsided Friday morning, Pagasa warned affected individuals to continue monitoring for updates.

As the weather improved Thursday, residents began to fix disheveled homes and stores in flood-hit communities that resembled a wasteland littered with mud-caked garbage.

More than 500,000 people, however, remained in hundreds of evacuation centers in Manila and outlying provinces.

On Friday morning, Pagasa said Northern and Central Luzon will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorm becoming cloudy with widespread rains over the western section that may trigger flash floods and landslides.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms, it said.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the south to southwest with slight to moderate seas.

The weather agency also issued gale warning as strong to gale force wind is expected to affect the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Central Luzon.

Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves, it said. (PNA/Sunnex)


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