Low Pressure Area (Typhoon) Coming to the Philippines

Two low pressure areas (LPAs) are lurking around, threatening to bring widespread rains over Luzon just after two tropical depressions lashed parts of the country over the weekend.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that two LPAs, one near Batangas and another up north were seen, and are being closely monitored for possible development into a storm.

An active low pressure area (ALPA) was seen around 270 kms West of Batangas. Another LPA was spotted 680 kms East Northeast of Northern Luzon, latest Pagasa bulletin said.

The Pagasa is keeping a watchful eye on these two weather disturbances following the frequent sea mishaps that seemed to be triggered by weather-related phenomenons such as squalls.

A squall is a sudden storm of brief duration closely related to thunderstorm but not necessarily accompanied by thunder and lightning. It can also be characterized by a sudden brief blast of wind, of longer duration than a gust.

The Pagasa has started to post an updated weather advisory every three hours for shipping companies to ensure wider and faster information dissemination.

Two separate sea accidents in Masbate and Iloilo claimed the lives of passengers after encountering squalls brought by tropical depressions that crossed central Visayas last week.

“The strong winds associated with the surge of the northeast monsoon is expected to affect the seaboards of Luzon,” the Pagasa’s gale warning (advisory) stated.

Meanwhile, tropical depression “Quinta” is finally exiting the country by late Wednesday or early Thursday, and would dissipate into a low pressure area thereafter, the Pagasa said.

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