Jun 152013

Flash floods and landslides threaten parts of Bicol, Visayas and Mindanao as a low-pressure area hovered off Surigao City Sunday morning, state weather forecasters said.

PAGASA said the LPA is embedded along the inter-tropical convergence zone and was estimated at 460 km east of Surigao City as of 4 a.m.

“Bicol region, Central and Eastern Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rain showers and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides,” it said in its 5 a.m. bulletin.

It added Palawan and the rest of Visayas will be “cloudy with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.”

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have “partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms,” it said.

PAGASA said Metro Manila may expect temperatures of 25 to 34 degrees Celsius, while Tuguegarao City may expect temperatures of 25 to 33 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds from the southwest to southeast will prevail over Central and Southern Luzon and from the east to southeast over Northern Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Light to moderate winds coming from the north to northwest will prevail over Visayas and from the southwest over Mindanao with slight to moderate seas, it added.

Heavy rain falls on Davao City

Heavy rain pelted Davao City Saturday night, with the city government’s responder teams placed on alert for possible flooding.

In posts on its social networking sites, the Davao City government noted heavy rain in Paquibato, Bunawan and Sirib as of 8:52 p.m.

“Continuous rains in the rest of Davao City. Increase in water level of Tamugan River noted but still at safe level. Responders monitoring,” it said on its Twitter and Facebook accounts.

There was no initial report of residents being evacuated from their homes as of Sunday morning.

Several areas in Mindanao had been affected by heavy rain in recent weeks even as state weather forecasters announced the start of the rainy season last June 10.

On Saturday afternoon, PAGASA warned of possible heavy rain flash floods and landslides in parts of Mindanao due to a low-pressure area hovering near Surigao.

It said the areas at risk include Caraga, Davao, SOCCSKSARGEN, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Northern Mindanao.  — ELR, GMA News

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