(UPDATE) The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) announced on Friday that the low-pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) is likely to intensify into a tropical depression once it enters the country. The LPA, currently located 1,595 kilometers east of Southeastern Mindanao (outside PAR), is expected to enter PAR on Saturday as a tropical depression, although it has not directly affected the country yet.
Pagasa weather specialist Robert Badrina revealed that once the LPA enters PAR, it will be named “Kabayan,” making it the first cyclone in December. Kabayan is expected to bring heavy rains to large parts of the country, particularly the Visayas and Mindanao regions.
Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon or Amihan is currently affecting Northern and Central Luzon, while the easterlies are affecting the rest of the country, including Metro Manila.
Over the next 24 hours, most parts of the country can expect fair weather conditions, with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms possible in the afternoon or at night.
The potential development of tropical depression Kabayan raises concerns about the impact it may have on the Philippines. As a country frequently affected by tropical cyclones, the Philippines has well-established systems in place to monitor and respond to these weather disturbances.
Pagasa, the state-run weather agency, plays a crucial role in providing accurate and timely weather forecasts to help communities prepare and mitigate the potential risks associated with tropical cyclones. Their expertise in tracking and predicting the path and intensity of these weather systems is vital in ensuring the safety and well-being of the Filipino people.
While the LPA is currently outside PAR, its expected entry into the country as a tropical depression highlights the need for vigilance and preparedness. The naming of Kabayan signifies the start of cyclone activity in December, a reminder that the country’s typhoon season extends beyond the traditional months of June to November.
The anticipated heavy rains in the Visayas and Mindanao regions could pose risks such as flash floods and landslides, particularly in areas prone to such hazards. Local authorities and residents should closely monitor weather updates and follow the guidance and advisories issued by Pagasa and other relevant agencies.
It is important to note that weather conditions can change rapidly, and it is crucial to stay informed through official channels. The public is encouraged to stay tuned to reliable sources of information and heed any warnings or evacuation orders issued by local authorities.
As the country prepares for the potential impact of tropical depression Kabayan, it is essential to remember the importance of community resilience and solidarity. The spirit of bayanihan, a Filipino tradition of coming together to help one another in times of need, plays a significant role in weathering the challenges posed by natural disasters.
By staying informed, prepared, and united, the Filipino people can navigate through the uncertainties brought by tropical cyclones and emerge stronger and more resilient.
In conclusion, the expected intensification of the low-pressure area into tropical depression Kabayan serves as a reminder of the Philippines’ vulnerability to weather disturbances. With Pagasa’s expertise and the public’s cooperation, the country can effectively respond to and mitigate the potential impacts of this tropical cyclone.
Source: The Manila Times