Pagasa warns low pressure area could intensify into storm


MANILA, Philippines—A low-pressure off Mindanao threatens to develop into a tropical cyclone to be named “Jolina,” the state weather bureau said on Saturday.

As of early Saturday morning, the low pressure area embedded in the intertropical convergence zone was predicted to bring heavy rains to large swaths of the Visayas and Mindanao, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

Forecasters warned of possible flash floods and landslides in the Visayas and the Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Caraga and Davao.

As of 4 a.m. the low pressure area was observed at 250 kilometers east of Davao City, Pagasa said in a bulletin.

Pagasa forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the weather disturbance was likely to move in a northwesterly direction, heading for the eastern parts of the Visayas and Mindanao.

Since it was still over the sea, there was  a possibility the low pressure area would turn into a tropical cyclone, the 10th to enter the Philippine area of responsibility this year, he said.

According to Pagasa’s weather outlook for Sunday, Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Bicol region and the rest of Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms, it added.

Light to moderate winds blowing from the southwest to west will prevail over Palawan, the Visayas and Mindanao, and winds coming from the northeast to southeast over the rest of Luzon, Pagasa said.

Coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate, it said.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos