PAG-ASA: FIRST LPA LIKE ‘USMAN’ TO LAND ON SUNDAY
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) had issued their recent observation, stating that a low pressure area (LPA) is to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Saturday, January 19 and might intensify into a tropical depression within 24-36 hours.
The LPA named “Amang,” is 1,390 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur, and is expected to make landfall in Caraga region on Sunday, January 20.
Moderate to heavy rain is forecasted over Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Compostela Valley, and Davao Oriental on Saturday evening; moderate to heavy rain in Bicol, eastern Caraga, Central Visayas, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, southern part of Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, and Marinduque on Sunday and; moderate to heavy rain in Bicol, southern part of Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, and Marinduque on Monday.
Residents in these areas, especially those living in areas at high risk of flooding and landslides are advised to take precautionary measures, PAGASA said.
The state bureau noted that the incoming weather disturbance is similar to the Tropical Depression “Usman,” the last storm that hit the country in December that left 155 persons dead.
They further advised residents to always be prepared even if the tropical depression is downgraded to an LPA as it may still pose threats and be hazardous.
PAGASA is also in monitor, checking different river basins, dams, and any body of water that might pose damage or evacuation in the country affected by the weather disturbance.