UPDATE: PAGASA warns of flashfloods, landslides as LPA spotted near GenSan

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/03 August)—The state weather bureau warned of possible landslides and flashfloods in parts of Mindanao Saturday after it spotted a low pressure area (LPA) 380 kilometers east of General Santos City.

In its 11 a.m. advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the LPA was embedded along the intertropical convergence zone.

“These weather systems are expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms in Visayas and Mindanao which may trigger flashfloods and landslides,” PAGASA said.

Residents in these areas are advised to take all the necessary precautionary measures, it added.

The regions of Caraga, Davao and Northern Mindanao will have cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides, PAGASA said in an earlier advisory issued at 5 a.m.

Zamboanga Peninsula and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms, it added.

Should the LPA becomes a cyclone while inside the Philippine area of responsibility, the state weather forecaster said it will be called “Kiko.”

In its special weather forecast for Compostela Valley (ComVal)and Davao Oriental issued at 10 a.m., PAGASA said the weather in these provinces will be cloudy with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms today until Sunday which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

PAGASA said that slight to moderate winds blowing from the northeast to northwest with slight to moderate seas will affect the two provinces, which were hit hard last December by typhoon Pablo.

The state weather bureau said that ComVal and Davao Oriental will also have mostly cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms on Monday but partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms on Tuesday. (MindaNews)

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