LPA off Cagayan may intensify into tropical depression by Tuesday

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 11) — A low pressure area or LPA is expected to bring stronger rains over northern Luzon when it intensifies into a tropical depression in the coming days, the state-run weather bureau said Sunday.

The LPA which was spotted 710 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City in Cagayan as of 10:00 a.m. may develop into a tropical depression in 48 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said in its latest forecast.

"Kung maging bagyo man o hindi ito, inaasahang dahil sa pagkilos nito papalapit sa bahagi ng northern Luzon, maaari itong magdulot ng pag-ulan sa mga bahagi ng northern Luzon, posibleng iyan ay bukas o sa Martes," weather forecaster Robb Gile said.

[Translation: Whether this intensifies into a storm or not, it is heading towards northern Luzon and is expected to bring rains over the area, either on Monday or on Tuesday.]

Due to its proximity to land, tropical cyclone wind signals may be hoisted once the LPA develops into a tropical depression, Pagasa said.

The LPA is expected to bring scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Cagayan Valley, Bicol Region and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon within the day. Floodings and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.

Meanwhile, an intertropical convergence zone will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers mostly in the afternoon or evening. This could lead to possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers mostly in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms, Pagasa added.