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LPA east of Luzon may develop into tropical depression

The low pressure area (LPA) east of Luzon has a high probability of developing into a tropical depression within 48 hours and will be named “Helen,” according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Around 10 a.m. Monday, PAGASA estimated the location of the LPA at 25 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan, moving “very close to the Babuyan Islands.”

Should it become a tropical depression, PAGASA will be raising tropical wind Signal No. 1 over some areas in Northern Luzon, which automatically suspends maritime travel in these areas.

The weather disturbance is seen to bring scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Batanes, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Apayao, and Kalinga within 24 hours.

PAGASA advised those in high-risk areas to take extra precautions against flooding and rain-induced landslides that may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall.

The public and local disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned were also advised to monitor the rainfall/thunderstorm advisories and heavy rainfall warnings issued by PAGASA’s regional services divisions for them to do the necessary precautionary measures.

PAGASA weather specialist Aldczar Aurelio said the other LPA west of Luzon has already dissipated around 2 a.m. Monday, but the southwest monsoon or “habagat” will continue to bring rains over a large part of the country.

Aside from the prevailing LPA, Aurelio said the “habagat” may bring intermittent rains and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Manila, Aurora, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Bataan, Zambales, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur.

The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers mostly in the afternoon or evening.

Areas that are affected by the LPA and localized thunderstorms should remain alert against possible flash floods or landslides, PAGASA warned.

“Helen” will be the eighth tropical cyclone this year and fifth this month.

So far, the tropical cyclones that have entered or formed inside the Philippine area of responsibility this month were Dindo, Enteng, Ferdie, and Gener. None of these however have hit land.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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