By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The low-pressure area (LPA) east of the country has intensified into a tropical depression and may bring scattered light to moderate rains with at times heavy rains over Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, Marinduque, the northern part of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, Bicol Region, and Visayas.
Once it enters the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), it will be named “Marilyn.”
As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of the cyclone at 1,495 kilometers east of Visayas or still outside the PAR. It developed into a cyclone last Tuesday evening.
The tropical depression, which may enter the PAR within 48 hours, has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 70 kph. It is forecast to move east-northeast at 15 kph.
But PAGASA said the cyclone is less likely to make landfall over the Philippines.
Meanwhile, PAGASA weather specialist Meno Mendoza said the LPA near the extreme Northern Luzon has already dissipated.
He said the southwest monsoon or “habagat” may bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Zambales and Bataan.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
PAGASA warned the public of sudden rains due to severe thunderstorm activity especially in the afternoon or evening, which may cause flash floods in low-lying areas or landslides in mountainous areas.
This September, PAGASA expects that most of the country will experience near average rainfall condition.
So far tropical cyclones Kabayan and Liwayway have entered the PAR this month.
At least two more cyclones will likely form or enter the country’s area of responsibility.