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Three weather systems bearing down on PH – PAGASA


By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is tracking three weather systems near the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), one of which is a low pressure area (LPA) that was formerly tropical cyclone “Marilyn,” as it may re-enter the vicinity within 48 hours.



PAGASA weather specialist Meno Mendoza said a shallow LPA at 410 kilometers (km) west of Zambales or inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) had a slim chance of developing into a cyclone.

Meanwhile, a tropical storm with the international name “Peipah” was estimated 2,565 km east of Northern Luzon. It has maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 90 kph, and is moving northwest at 30 kph.

Should Peipah maintain its current speed and track, Mendoza said the storm may not enter PAR in the next few days.

Lastly, the LPA, which was formerly tropical depression “Marilyn”, was at 1,935 km northeast of Basco, Batanes. It has left the PAR last Saturday evening.

Mendoza said this LPA may re-enter the PAR within 48 hours.

This Tuesday, PAGASA said the southwest monsoon or “habagat” could still bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and isolated thunderstorms over Zambales, Bataan and Cavite.

Residents in these areas were advised to take precautionary measures against possible flash floods in low-lyng areas and landslides over mountainous areas.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy monsoon rains will be experienced over Metro Manila, Western Visayas and rest of Central and Southern Luzon.

The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

Mendoza said a gale warning remains in effect as sea travel remains risky over some seaboards of the country.

The seaboards of Palawan and Occidental Mindoro may experience rough to very rough conditions due to the habagat.

PAGASA advised fishing boats and other small sea craft not to venture out into the sea, while larger sea vessels were asked to take extra precaution against big waves.

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