A low-pressure region (LPA) tracked off Catanduan may develop into a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours, said early Saturday government weather office PAGASA. Gener Quitlong, weather expert, said the storm will be named Hanna.
This year’s eight tropical cyclones entering the nation. At 5 a.m. Saturday, 1,135 kilometers west of Virac, Catanduan was found at the LPA. Its trough affects portions of the region of Western Visayas and Bicol. Meanwhile, owing to the improved southwest monsoon or habagat, moist weather is anticipated to prevail in many areas of the nation on weekends.
The habagat remains to be intensified by a tropical storm with global name Wipha, situated in the extreme portion of northern Luzon. Quitlong said another tropical storm with an global name was spotted across the Pacific Ocean, but it is unlikely that it will enter the Philippine region of responsibility (PAR).
On Metro Manila, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Mindoro, Monsoon rains will be encountered. Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will dominate Ilocos Region, Cordillera Region, Bicol Region, Visayas, and the remainder of Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa.
PAGASA put Metro Manila, Bataan, Cavite, Rizal and Zambales under yellow alert early Saturday and warned of possible flooding in those regions. In the meantime, light to moderate rains will have an impact on Zambales, Quezon, Laguna, Bulacan, Pampanga, Batangas and may continue within 3 hours.