By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
The state weather bureau on Friday warned that a brewing storm east of Mindanao will bring heavy rains over most part of the country as it enters the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Saturday.
Dr. Vicente Malano, administrator of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in a media briefing Friday, said even if the weather system is still a low-pressure area (LPA), it is expected to trigger flash floods and landslides on areas affected.
The LPA was spotted east of Surigao del Sur at noon Friday.
PAGASA weather specialist Jun Galang said the LPA may develop into a tropical depression (TD) on Saturday and will be named “Amang,” the first cyclone to hit the country this year.
Once it intensifies into a tropical depression, a cyclone warning signal No. 1 may be raised over the provinces of Eastern Samar and Caraga that might disrupt maritime travel.
“Amang” is expected to make landfall over Caraga Region on Sunday and may weaken into an LPA again while crossing land.
Moderate to heavy rains
Prior to its landfall, the storm is expected to dump moderate to heavy rains over Visayas, Caraga, Compostela Valley, and Davao Oriental starting Saturday evening.
On Sunday, moderate to heavy rains will still prevail over Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Central Visayas, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Southern Quezon, Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, and Marinduque.
After making landfall, the weather disturbance might still pour moderate to heavy rains over Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Southern Quezon, Mindoro provinces, 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.
Malano noted the incoming weather disturbance is similar to Tropical Depression “Usman,” the last storm that hit the country in December that left 155 persons dead.
The PAGASA chief 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 monitoring different river basins, as well as the dams in the country that might be affected by the weather disturbance.