Satellite Image at 7 a.m., June 6, 2013. | Weather Central
A potential cyclone off Catanduanes province threatens to bring rain that can trigger flash floods and landslides in parts of Palawan, Western Visayas and Mindanao, state weather forecasters said Friday afternoon.
PAGASA said the low-pressure area (LPA) was estimated at 590 km northeast of Virac, Catanduanes as of 4 p.m., embedded in the inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) affecting Bicol, Visayas and Mindanao.
“Mindanao, Western Visayas and Palawan will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides,” it said in its 5 p.m. bulletin.
It added Bicol and the rest of Visayas will have “cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.”
On the other hand, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be “partly cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening,” PAGASA said.
Earlier, PAGASA forecaster Elvie Enriquez said the LPA has a 50-50 chance of intensifying into a cyclone. Should it intensify into a cyclone while inside the Philippine area of responsibility, it will be codenamed Dante.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said moderate to occasionally strong winds from the northwest to west will prevail over Eastern Luzon and coming from the southwest over Palawan and the western section of Visayas and Mindanao.
The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough, it added.
Also, PAGASA said light to moderate winds from the northwest to west will prevail over the rest of Luzon and coming from the southwest over the rest of the country with slight to moderate seas. — TJD, GMA News