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MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATE, 6:18 a.m.) A new developing storm will bring rains over Visayas as the habagat will bring clouds over Bicol region, the state weather bureau said Monday.
According to the 5 a.m. bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), a shallow low pressure area (SLPA) was located at 470 kilometers east of Borongan, Eastern Samar. An SLPA has a 40 percent or less chance of intensifying into a storm.
The SLPA's presence will bring rains over most of Visayas, particularly in the eastern section including Samar and Leyte. The rains and the aftershocks may trigger a landslide in Samar.
Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon or habagat will bring rains over the entire Bicol region as well as parts of Palawan.
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Earlier, on Sunday afternoon, Pagasa said a low pressure area (LPA) off Catanduanes has slim chance to become a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours, but will bring rains over the eastern section of Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.
Pagasa forecaster Glaiza Escullar said that as of 2 p.m. Sunday, the LPA was estimated at 535 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes (14.2°N, 129.8°E).
Escullar said that based on their models, the LPA has a small chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in two days, but they continue to monitor it.
In case the weather disturbance becomes a tropical cyclone, it will be named “Karen," the 11th cyclone to enter the country this year.
Escullar added that Metro Manila will experience isolated rainshowers due to the southwest monsoon which is also affecting Northern and Central Luzon.
In its advisory, Pagasa said that Northern and Central Luzon, Eastern Visayas and Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms, becoming cloudy with widespread rains over Northern Luzon which may trigger flash floods and landslides.
The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to west will prevail over Southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to south with slight to moderate seas.