MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA is monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) east of the country, which could become a tropical depression.
In a Facebook Live video late Wednesday afternoon, June 27, PAGASA weather specialist Obet Badrina said this LPA, located 1,295 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, could strengthen.
The good news – it is expected to move upward, based on the initial forecast. This means it will probably not approach or hit land.
If the LPA becomes a tropical depression, it would be given the local name Florita. (READ: LIST: PAGASA’s names for tropical cyclones in 2018)
There’s also another LPA west of the country, but it is already outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and does not pose any threat.
In the meantime, isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms will continue to affect the Philippines on Thursday, June 28. The public should watch out for light to heavy rain which may trigger flash floods and landslides. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
PAGASA had declared the start of the rainy season last June 8. – Rappler.com