(UPDATED) LPA spotted 460 kilometers off GenSan

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/11 January)—A low pressure area (LPA) was spotted 460 kilometers east of General Santos City as of 11 a.m. Saturday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

“This weather system will bring cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms over Mindanao, Leyte provinces, Negros provinces and Bohol, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. Residents are advised to take all the necessary precautionary measures,” the state weather bureau said in its 11 a.m. advisory.

In its 5 a.m advisory, PAGASA said the LPA was spotted 680 km east of General Santos City.

Meanwhile, PAGASA also said that a strong to gale force winds is expected to affect the seaboards of Caraga region, Misamis provinces, Zamboanga del Norte and Davao Oriental.

The Caraga seaboard comprises the provinces of Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Norte.

With a wind force of 52-63 kilometers per hour, PAGASA warned of a “rough to very rough” sea condition with waves of 3.4 to 4.5 meters high.

“Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” PAGASA said in a gale warning issued at 10 a.m. today.

PAGASA noted that there is no tropical cyclone existing within the Philippine area of responsibility as of 3 p.m. today. (MindaNews)