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LPA off Mindanao unlikely to intensify into storm, says state weather bureau

MANILA – State weather bureau PAGASA on Saturday said the low pressure area (LPA) it is monitoring off Mindanao is unlikely to develop into a storm.

The LPA spotted at 1,290 kilometers east southeast of Mindanao is also not expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

“Maliit ang tyansang maging bagyo ang LPA sa labas ng PAR,” said senior weather specialist Cris Perez on DZMM Saturday.

[The LPA outside the PAR has a slim chance of developing into a storm.]

However, the trough of the LPA will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms to Mindanao.

“Pinapayuhan ang mga kababayan doon na maging alerto sa posibleng pagbaha at pagguho ng lupa,” said Perez.

[Residents there are advised to stay alert for possible flooding and landslides.]

Residents in the Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains due to the northeast monsoon or amihan.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and of Visayas will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains also because of the amihan.

Meanwhile, a gale warning was issued over the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Fishermen in these areas are warned against sailing as waves as high as 4.5 meters are expected.