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MANILA, Philippines -- Flash floods and landslides may threaten the western section of Luzon due to southwest monsoon while the potential cyclone remains far from the country, the state weather bureau said on Saturday.
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that as of 2 a.m. Saturday the low pressure area (LPA) was spotted at 1,170 km east of Northern Luzon (17.0°N, 135.0°N).
“Malayo pa ito sa bansa natin itong LPA so hindi pa ito nakakaapekto at sa ngayon sa nakikita natin sa models natin hindi pa natin masabi kung magiging bagyo ito,” Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said.
He also added that they continue to monitor the LPA, which may be codenamed "Helen" once it enters Philippine territory and becomes a cyclone.
Aurelio said southwest monsoon is affecting Luzon including Metro Manila so these areas can still expect sudden heavy rain. Western Visayas and Mindanao will experience good weather.
In its advisory, PAGASA said that Luzon and Visayas will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming cloudy with widespread rain over the western section of Luzon which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
“Residents living in low lying areas and along mountain slopes are advised to be on alert for possible occurrence of flash floods and landslides,” PAGASA said.
Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail throughout the archipelago and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough
PAGASA also issued gale warning indicating strong to gale-force winds that is expected to affect the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas.
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves.