Pagasa monitoring LPA, says it could intensify

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Project NOAH MTSAT image as of January 3, 2013, 1:14 AM

A low pressure area (LPA) spotted east of Mindanao on Tuesday has a slim chance of turning into a storm but the weather bureau is not discounting the possibility it could grow stronger while it is over the Pacific Ocean.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the LPA was moving too fast and thus, had a “very low probability of developing into a tropical cyclone.”

As of Wednesday morning, the disturbance was estimated at 790 kilometers east of Mindanao.

“The LPA is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains (2.5-10.0 millimeters per hour) and thunderstorms to Mindanao and the provinces of Samar and Leyte and may trigger flash floods and landslides,” said Pagasa in a bulletin.

Residents of the areas were advised to “take all necessary precautionary measures.”

Pagasa also issued a special advisory for residents of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, the two provinces in Mindanao most heavily hit by deadly Typhoon “Pablo” early in December.

The two provinces, according to Pagasa, will be cloudy and experience moderate to heavy rains on Thursday. “Winds will be light to moderate with slight to moderate seas,” it advised.

Pagasa forecaster Manny Mendoza said the LPA was expected to make landfall at about 3 a.m. on Thursday in the vicinity of Agusan del Sur and Davao Oriental.

“We at Pagasa cannot discount the possibility that this can still become a storm because it is still over the water. As in the case of (Tropical Storm) ‘Quinta,’ which started out as an LPA, we did not anticipate that it would become a depression and even a tropical storm,” he said.

The first storm of 2013 will be given the local name “Auring.”

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) meanwhile has directed its units to prepare for the weather disturbance that entered the Philippine area of responsibility before noon on Wednesday.

PCG commandant Rear Adm. Rodolfo Isorena placed all Coast Guard units that will be directly affected by the LPA on full alert.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    Here we go again! I hope this will turn into a super Typhoon. It seems this is the only way to clean this country, literally. Typhoons help in getting rid of rubbish. Go go go Auring!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/M3LQ4MUAU3Z36MIQGIGSOKBCQE Rosauro

      And you will drown by its flood water.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/S3OADGZI3JZG3CUDPP5CJQLEWE Mario

      Klepto, you have a very good idea of cleaning this country, may not only the rubbish be wiped out by a Super Typhoon but also our corrupt leaders! 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_33C3ZUU57CQVQD5FPDSZKYR4BQ excalibur

       Siguro kung ang pamilya mo at kamag-anak nakatira sa comval at davao oriental, malamang lalung titindi ang sira ng utak mo klepto.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

        Yeah but Im in Perth where everything is clean, organized, hindi iniiyot at tsinutsupa ng mga pulitiko ang mga tao, at hindi bobo at tanga ang mga botante.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ME73SJ2KNVTMNU4JMRMRLRYPVQ zom

    bakit sa Japan Meteorological Agency bagyo na daw yang LPA na yan..?

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