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LPA bringing heavy rain to Caraga, Eastern Visayas

Parts of Mindanao, the Visayas, and Southern Luzon will see more rain from the low pressure area (LPA) inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday, March 11.

In an advisory at 11 am on Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the LPA is already 250 kilometers east southeast of General Santos City.

The LPA remains "less likely" to develop into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours, added the state weather bureau.

But on Thursday, rain from the LPA will persist. Here is PAGASA's updated rainfall forecast:

Moderate to heavy rain
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Leyte
  • Southern Leyte
Light to moderate rain, with at times heavy rain
  • rest of Caraga
  • Northern Mindanao
  • Davao Region
  • Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
  • rest of Eastern Visayas
  • Central Visayas
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Masbate
  • Catanduanes

PAGASA advised areas affected by the LPA to be on alert for possible floods and landslides, especially during periods of heavy rain. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

Back in February, the Philippines had its first tropical cyclone of 2021 – Auring (Dujuan), which briefly peaked as a severe tropical storm but eventually hit land as a tropical depression.

An average of 20 tropical cyclones form within or enter PAR each year. (READ: LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2021)

For the next 6 months, these are PAGASA's latest predictions for the number of tropical cyclones:

  • March - 0 or 1
  • April - 0 or 1
  • May - 0 or 1
  • June - 1 or 2
  • July - 1 to 3
  • August - 2 or 3

La Niña, which causes above normal rainfall, still persists. It began in October 2020. – Rappler.com

Acor Arceo

Acor Arceo is the head of copy and editorial standards at Rappler. Trained in both online and TV newsrooms, Acor supervises Rappler’s coverage of disasters, handles the business desk, and ensures consistency in editorial standards across all sections.

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