By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The weather bureau on Thursday warned of possible floods and landslides over some parts of the country, as typhoon ‘Paolo’ (international name ‘Lan’) and a low pressure area (LPA) are expected to bring rains until the weekend.
Typhoon Paolo continues to move north-northwest away from the country but its outer cloud bands may still bring rains over the eastern section of the country.
Around 1 p.m. Thursday, the eye of the typhoon was located 930 kilometers (km) east of Infanta, Quezon with maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 145 kph.
Meanwhile, the LPA was estimated at 150 km northwest of Puerto Princesa City.
PAGASA said the LPA combined with the outer rain bands of Paolo and southwesterly winds being enhanced by the typhoon will bring scattered to widespread rains and thunderstorms over Palawan, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, Sorsogon, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, and Visayas.
It warned residents in these areas against possible flash floods and landslides.
Meanwhile, sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon, eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon, coastline of Palawan, western and eastern seaboards of Visayas, and eastern seaboard of Mindanao.
PAGASA said Paolo is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Sunday morning.
This Friday, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies and isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms.