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LPA now inside Philippine area of responsibility, moving toward Mindanao

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines - The developing storm or low pressure area (LPA) that has been hovering over the Pacific Ocean for several days is now inside the Philippine area of responsibility and is headed toward Mindanao.

Based on its 5 a.m. bulletin, the state weather bureau said the LPA was spotted 910 km east of Mindanao, carrying with it heavy rains as it is embedded along the intertropical convergence zone or ITCZ.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Mindanao and Eastern Visayas will have cloudy skies and moderate rains, while light rains will fall over Cagayan valley and Bicol and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon. Meanwhile, there is a chance of isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila. 

Based on News5's Weather Center, the LPA will shift its course and instead of hitting the Surigao-Agusan area, it will head south to Davao Oriental, crossing General Santos City before heading out to southwest Mindanao. While it may not intensify into a full storm, it will pack rains that could still trigger flashfloods and landslides.

Meanwhile, the entire Luzon island will have chilly weather from the northeast monsoon or the amihan. The Siberian winds will prevail until February and bring light rains to parts of Luzon.