LPA enters PH, may turn into 2019's first storm – PAGASA

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The latest weather bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the LPA is estimated at 1,170 kilometers east of Mindanao.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 19) — A low-pressure area (LPA) has entered the country on Saturday and weather officials said this could develop into the Philippines' first storm for this year.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the LPA came in at 10 a.m., and was last spotted 585 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surgao del Sur.

PAGASA said the LPA may develop into a tropical depression in the next 24 hours. If that happens, it will be named "Amang," and signal No. 1 may be raised in some provinces in the Eastern Visayas and Caraga regions.

Meanwhile, moderate to heavy rains are expected to pour in Caraga, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Camiguin and Misamis Oriental starting tonight.

Sea travel is risky now over the northern seaboard of Luzon and the eastern part of the country, PAGASA said.

The state weather bureau said it may hit land earlier than expected – on Sunday instead of Monday – in Surigao del Norte and/or Siargao.