Jun 072013
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Friday advised residents in coastal areas, especially in Visayas and Mindanao, to take precautions against floods and landslides that may be caused by a potential cyclone.

Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Armand Balilo said residents should keep alert for heavy rain and be ready to evacuate if needed, radio dzBB’s Carlo Mateo reported.

Balilo also advised residents to keep handy in the house various emergency items such as food, water and flashlights as well as batteries.

He said an average of 21 to 23 cyclones enter the Philippine area of responsibility every year.

Earlier on Friday, PAGASA said flash floods and landslides may threaten parts of Visayas and Mindanao as a potential cyclone, a low-pressure area, moved close to Eastern Samar.

PAGASA forecaster Elvie Enriquez said the LPA was near Samar and had a “50-50 chance” of intensifying into a cyclone.

If the LPA intensifies into a cyclone while inside the Philippine area of responsibility, it will be locally codenamed Dante. – VVP, GMA News

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