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Saturday, January 11, 2014

PAG-ASA Warns for Flash Floods and Landslides in Visayas and Mindanao

The government weather bureau warned of possible flash floods and landslides over some areas in the Visayas and Mindanao triggered by a Low Pressure Area (LPA) that is moving east of the country Saturday. However, the LPA has a minimal chance of intensifying into a tropical depression, as of Saturday morning, because of the strong North East Monsoon wind flow or Hanging Amihan according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA). The LPA was upgraded into a tropical depression by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) last Saturday morning. Should PAG-ASA upgraded the LPA into a tropical depression it will be given a local name of "Agaton", the first tropical cyclone to enter the Philippine area of responsibility this year. However, they pointed out that even if it would not intensify into a tropical depression, the weather disturbance is still expected to bring moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms over Mindanao, Leyte, Negros and Bohol.  PAG-ASA warned that the LPA could trigger Flash Floods and Landslides in these areas. PAG-ASA advised small seacrafts and fishing vessels not to venture out in the sea due to the big waves generated by the North East Monsoon.     
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