By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
A new low pressure area (LPA) east of the Philippines is expected to enter the country’s area of responsibility on Monday and may develop into a storm within the next few days.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Meno Mendoza said the LPA was estimated at 1,695 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, on Sunday morning.
Once it intensifies into a tropical depression, the weather disturbance will be given the local name “Jenny.” Jenny will be the third cyclone to enter the PAR this month, and the 10th this year.
Mendoza said the LPA will still have no direct effect over any part of the country this Monday.
Earlier, PAGASA said the cyclone could come ashore in the country later this week.
After the exit of severe tropical storm “Ineng” (international name “Bailu”) last Saturday, the southwest monsoon or “habagat” has become the dominant weather system that may affect Luzon and Western Visayas.
Mendoza said Metro Manila, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Zambales, Bataan, Batanes and Babuyan group of islands will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the habagat.
The rest of the country will be cloudy with isolated rains
By Tuesday, the LPA is expected to move closer to the eastern section of Southern Luzon, and may strengthen the monsoon.
Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will prevail in Quezon, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, Sorsogon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, and Visayas.
By Wednesday and Thursday, monsoon rains will be experienced in Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, the northern part of Palawan, and Western Visayas.
Aurora, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, Sorsogon, the southern part of Palawan, Marinduque, and Romblon will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the approaching LPA.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) “Ineng” left P282 million worth of damage to infrastructure and agriculture in Northern Luzon, particularly Ilocos Norte.
NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said nine roads and slope protections, four bridges and two flood control structures were damaged in 12 villages in Ilocos Norte.
Damage in infrastructures was pegged at P263 million.
Most of the structures will need extensive repair, including the bridge at Vintar-Tamdagan-Tungel provincial road in Barangay Tamdagan, Vintar and two flood control sites in Barangay Parado and Sagpatan in Dingras town.
Jalad said a total of P19,571,654.95 damage to agriculture was noted in Ilocos Region.
The NDRRMC had reported that two persons died due to Ineng.
A total of 4,595 families or 18,845 families were affected by the heavy rains and floods in 13 cities and municipalities in Ilocos Norte. (With reports from Martin Sadongdong)