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LPA to become storm ‘Egay’ today

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The low pressure area (LPA) that the weather bureau has been monitoring will possibly develop into a tropical cyclone to be called “Egay” within 24 hours, the state weather bureau said Tuesday.

“Currently, it has no direct effect, but the LPA’s trough will bring scattered rain showers to Caraga and Davao Region,” Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Grace Castañeda said.

She added that the LPA, last tracked 810 kilometers east of northeastern Mindanao, may head toward Northern Luzon area in the next few days. Castañeda, however, clarified that the forecast track may still change.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon or habagat will cause scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Zambales and Bataan. PAGASA said flash floods or landslides are possible due to moderate to at times heavy rains.

The rest of the country will experience isolated rain showers caused by localized thunderstorms. Severe thunderstorms may also result in flash floods or landslides.

Rough to very rough seas are forecast over the western seaboards of Luzon. Fishing boats and other small sea vessels are advised not to venture into the sea, and larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves.

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) meanwhile said that one person has reportedly died due to the onslaught of Tropical Storm Dodong last week, OCD Spokesperson Edgar Posadas said the agency is still verifying the report.

The official added that 47,220 individuals or 13,329 families were affected by the combined impact of the storm and the southwest monsoon rains in the Ilocos, Central Luzon, and Western Visayas regions, and in Calabarzon and Mimaropa.

A total of 1,788 families, meanwhile, were still inside evacuation centers in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and some in Western Visayas.

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