MANILA – The low pressure area off Surigao continues to affect Southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao, the state weather bureau said yesterday.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that as of 4 p.m., the LPA was spotted at 350 kilometers east of Surigao City (10.0°N, 128.0°E), still embedded along the inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.
These areas will have cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms that may trigger flash floods and landslides, Aurelio said.
The LPA has a small chance of turning into a tropical cyclone and is expected to be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility today, he added.
The agency continues to monitor the weather disturbance until it leaves the PAR or dissipates, he said.
In its advisory, PAGASA said that Cagayan Valley, Aurora Province and Metro Manila will have light rains while the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy with isolated brief rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to east will prevail over Luzon and Eastern Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast with slight to moderate seas.
Meanwhile, a magnitude 4.8 earthquake jolted parts of Batanes Saturday evening, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported.
In its bulletin, Phivolcs said the quake’s epicenter was traced 34 kms S 76° E of Basco, Batanes.
The tremor, which was tectonic in origin, was recorded at 9:39 p.m. It has a depth of 33 kms.
The agency said that Intensity 4 was felt at Uyugan, Batanes while Intensity 3 felt at Basco, Batanes.
Phivolcs said there was no initial report of damage or casualty from this tremor and no aftershocks from the earthquake.*PNA
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