Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Weather Disturbance Near Samar

..MANILA, Philippines --- An active low pressure area (ALPA) near Eastern Samar could intensify into a tropical depression within the next two to three days, state weather forecasters said Monday.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster Samuel Duran said the ALPA has a high probability that it will develop into a tropical cyclone within this week or the next two to three days.

Once it intensifies into a depression, it will be locally named "Dindo."

"The intensification of the weather disturbance will depend on the favorable conditions. However we do not see that this will develop in the next 24 hours. The circulation is still not organized," Duran explained.

As of Monday morning, the ALPA was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 930 kilometers (km) east of Borongan, Eastern Samar.

Meanwhile, the other LPA east of Southern Luzon has now dissipated, Duran said.

PAGASA warned that the ALPA is expected to bring scattered to widespread rains over Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas.

It advised residents living in low-lying areas and along mountain slopes are advised to be on alert for possible occurrence of flashfloods and landslides.