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LPA may intensify into cyclone anew; rains seen over Visayas — Pagasa

/ 08:08 PM March 23, 2014

Pagasa satpic as of 7:14 pm, Sunday, March 23, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — The low pressure area (LPA), previously called tropical depression “Caloy,” could either intensify again once it passes over the open waters of the Sulu Sea or simply dissipate.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) forecasters raised these two scenarios with the LPA expected to continue bringing moderate to heavy rains on Monday over the Visayas.

Forecaster Fernando Cada said that based on current models, the LPA would linger within the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) until Tuesday or Wednesday.

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He said that while inside the PAR, it could either weaken further and dissipate or it could develop again into a tropical cyclone upon passing over open waters, where weather disturbances would usually gain strength.

Cada said that as of 4 p.m. Sunday, the LPA was estimated at 50 kilometers east of Dumaguete City and would bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the Visayas.

The forecaster further advised fishing vessels and small sea crafts from venturing into the sea due to big waves that could reach 4.5 meters caused by strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of the northeasterly surface windflow expected to affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon, the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon, the southern seaboard of Southern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of the Visayas.

Sea conditions in the areas are expected to be rough to very rough.

In Pagasa’s forecast for Monday, Mindanao, the Bicol Region, and Calabarzon, as well as the provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms while the Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley and the province of Aurora will have cloudy skies with light rains.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

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