LPA might become Agaton on New Year's Day
MANILA, Philippines – The low pressure area (LPA) off Mindanao entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) early Sunday, December 31.
In a bulletin issued 11 am on Sunday, state weather bureau PAGASA said the LPA is already 910 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
The LPA is expected to develop into a tropical depression within the next 48 hours, or as 2018 begins. When it does, it will be given the local name Agaton. (READ: EXPLAINER: How tropical cyclones form)
PAGASA warned that the LPA or tropical depression is expected to bring moderate to heavy rain to Mindanao from Monday to Tuesday, January 1 to 2, so residents there should brace for possible flash floods and landslides.
Once the LPA becomes Agaton, maritime operations will also be disrupted along the eastern seaboard of Mindanao – Surigao, Davao Oriental, Dinagat Islands, and Siargao – as well as the eastern seaboard of the Leyte provinces.
Vinta also came on the heels of Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak), which battered Eastern Visayas and left at least 47 people dead. Urduja also left P2.172 billion in damage to agriculture and infrastructure.
With a potential tropical cyclone on New Year's Day, PAGASA advised the public to closely monitor weather updates. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories) – Rappler.com