Low pressure area to bring rain in Visayas, Mindanao 5 days before Christmas
MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said a low pressure area (LPA) will bring cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms in Visayas and Mindanao on Thursday, December 20.
In a video streamed on Facebook, DOST-PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas said that the LPA entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) at 2 am and was spotted at about 955 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur at 3 am. Earlier, the state weather bureau said that the LPA only has a slim chance of developing into a storm.
“Medyo elongated ang shape at unstable ang LPA kaya nagiiba-iba ang lokasyon ng kanyang sentro,” Rojas added. (The LPA is elongated and unstable so its center may change every now and then.)
Rojas also urged residents in the affected areas to prepare for possible flooding and landslides due to occasional heavy rains.
PAGASA raised the orange rainfall warning over the following areas:
Dinagat Island province
Surigao del Norte including Siargao island
Surigao del Sur
Agusan del Norte
Bayugan, Sibagat, Prosperidad, San Luis, Esparanza in Agusan del sur
Samal City, Davao del Norte
Gingoog city, Magsaysay, Claveria, Talisayan, Balingoan in Misamis Oriental
This means intense rainfall of 15-30mm in an hour can be observed and is expected to continue for the next two hours. This can be equivalent to 4 to 8 gallons of rain per sqm per hour. When Pagasa gives an orange advisory, it means that residents in affected areas should be on alert for possible evacuation. Flooding in affected areas is expected. (READ: How to use PAGASA’s color-coded rainfall advisory)
Meanwhile, PAGASA raised the yellow rainfall warning over the following areas:
The rest of Agusan del Sur
Rest of Davao del Norte
This means heavy rainfall of 7.5-15 mm in an hour can be observed and is expected to continue for the next two hours. This can be equivalent to two gallons of rain per sqm per hour.
When PAGASA gives a yellow advisory, it means that residents in affected areas should continue monitoring their weather condition. Flooding in low-lying areas is possible.
According to Rojas, Cagayan Valley, the Cordilleras, Bicol region, Aurora, and Quezon will experience cloudy skies with light rains due to the northeast monsoon or amihan. Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience isolated rains.
In December 2017, more than 200 were killed and 300,000 affected when typhoons Urduja and Vinta hit the country in the days leading to Christmas. – Rappler.com
We keep you informed because you matter
We tell you the stories that matter. We ask, we probe, we explain.
But as we strive to do all this and speak truth to power, we face constant threats to our independence.
Help us make a difference through free and fearless journalism. With your help, you enable us to keep providing you with our brand of compelling and investigative work.
Joining Rappler PLUS allows us to build communities of action with you. PLUS members will receive our editorial newsletters and industry reports, get to join exclusive online conversations with our award-winning journalists, and be part of our monthly events.
Make your move now. Join Rappler PLUS.