LPA brings strong winds, heavy rains this weekend

A LOW-PRESSURE area spotted 500 kilometers east of Guian, Eastern Samar could develop into a tropical storm within the next two days, an official of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday.

Once it enters the country and gains speed, the LPA will be upgraded into a tropical depression named Henry.

It may bring strong winds and heavy rains across the Visayas, said Engr. Alfredo Quiblat, PAGASA Mactan weather chief.

Quiblat said there is a 35-percent chance it will make landfall within the country.

Based on the forecast models, the LPA was moving upward and on track to make landfall in China or Taiwan by Wednesday or Thursday.

But even if the probability of the LPA to make landfall is low, it will still create an effect in various parts of the country, including Cebu and the rest of Central Visayas.

While only localized thunderstorms will be felt in Central Visayas today, moderate to rough winds are expected to hit the region by Sunday due to the LPA, Quiblat said.

Expect that the southwest monsoon winds or “habagat” will increase intensity starting Sunday, he said.

Quiblat added there is a possibility that gale warnings will be raised in Western Visayas area due to moderate to strong winds brought about by the LPA. (JKV)

Source: Local News

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