PAGASA: ‘Luis’ to have no direct effect on PH, may leave PAR on Sept. 29


Tropical depression Luis will not have a direct effect on the country as it may leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Thursday, Sept. 29, the State weather bureau said in its latest bulletin.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Luis was located 1,060 kilometers (km) east of extreme Northern Luzon at around 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28.

It has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph, and was moving north-northwestward at 25 kph.

“Luis is unlikely to directly affect the weather condition in the country within the forecast period,” PAGASA said.

“It is forecast to continue moving north-northwestward through tomorrow early morning (Sept. 28) before turning generally northward for the rest of Thursday,” it added.

On the PAGASA’s forecast track, Luis will exit the northern boundary of the PAR on Thursday morning or early afternoon.

In the next 24 hours, the southwest monsoon or “habagat” and a low pressure area (LPA) east of Visayas will be the dominant weather systems in the country.

As of 4 p.m., the LPA was located 405 km east-northeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, or 425 km east of Borongan City, Eastern Samar.

PAGASA said the habagat and LPA will bring rains over the western section of Southern Luzon and the eastern sections of Visayas and Mindanao.

Palawan and Occidental Mindoro may experience light to heavy rains due to the habagat, while Eastern Visayas, Caraga, and Davao Oriental may have light to heavy rains because of the prevalence of the LPA.

“Under these conditions, scattered to widespread flooding and rain-induced landslides are likely, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps and in areas with significant antecedent rainfall,” PAGASA said.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

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