By: Philippine News Agency November 23, 2013 1:30 PM
MANILA, Philippines -- The weather disturbance spotted east of Surigao City will continue to bring rains over parts of Visayas and Mindanao, the state weather forecaster said on Saturday.
In its advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that as of 4 a.m. the LPA was spotted some 100km east of Surigao City (9.8ºN, 126.5ºE) while the tail-end of a cold front is now affecting Northern Luzon.
Pagasa said the LPA will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms over Palawan, Visayas and the regions of Zamboanga Peninsula, Bicol, Northern Mindanao and CARAGA which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
It added Metro Manila, the rest of Mimaropa and of Mindanao, Calabarzon and the province of Aurora will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms while the rest of Luzon will be cloudy with light rains.
Weather forecaster Meno Mendoza said that based on their numerical models, the LPA has a slim chance of intensifying into a cyclone and it is expected to dissipate within the next 24 hours.
The agency continues to monitor the LPA which will be named "Alamid" in case it intensifies into a tropical depression.
He noted that is still expecting one more cyclone to affect the country before the month ends and at least two to three more storms before the end of the year.
Pagasa said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast with slight to moderate seas.
Pagasa issued gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of northeast monsoon is expected to affect the Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon and Visayas.
"Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," it said.