Downpour, floods threaten parts of PH as two LPAs loom

By Catherine Teves

September 28, 2017, 8:00 pm

MANILA -- Lightning, light to moderate rains, occasionally heavy precipitation, strong winds and flash floods are possible in various areas nationwide until Friday afternoon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its 24-hour forecast released Thursday afternoon. 

Two low-pressure areas (LPAs) within Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) can bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms to these areas, noted PAGASA. 

PAGASA expects the LPA east of Surigao del Norte province to affect Mindanao as well as Eastern and Central Visayas. 

On the other hand, the LPA east of Quezon province can affect Ilocos, Cordillera and Cagayan Valley regions as well as Aurora and Quezon provinces, PAGASA noted. 

Metro Manila and rest of the country may experience occasional lightning, strong winds and heavy rains as localized thunderstorms may bring to these areas partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening. 

PAGASA located the LPAs at 640 km east of Surigao del Norte's Surigao City and 405 km east of Quezon's Infanta municipality as of 3 p.m. Thursday.

Both LPAs are embedded along the intertropical convergence zone, said PAGASA.

Slight to moderate coastal waters are possible nationwide from expected light to moderate winds, PAGASA continued. 

Such winds are from northeast to northwest over Luzon and the Visayas as well as from southwest to northwest over Mindanao, PAGASA added. (PNA)