PAGASA forecaster Gener Quitlong said their models show the LPA intensifying into a cyclone. However, it is not likely to enter the Philippine area of responsibility and may instead move toward Vietnam.
“Nagpapalakas ito ng habagat,” Quitlong said in an interview on dzBB radio.
But if the LPA intensifies into a cyclone and enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility, it will be codenamed Emong, he said.
For Thursday, PAGASA said the southwest monsoon is affecting the western sections of Luzon and Visayas.
“Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Western Visayas and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan 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 Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and the rest of Luzon and of Visayas will be cloudy with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.
The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms, it added.
Also, moderate to strong winds from the southwest to south will prevail over the western sections of Luzon and Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Light to moderate winds coming from the southeast to south will prevail over the rest of Luzon and Visayas and from the northeast to north over Mindanao with slight to moderate seas. — DVM/ELR, GMA News