Floods, landslides alert up as LPA nears Mindanao and east Visayas

A low-pressure area (LPA) threatens to bring flash floods and landslides to parts of Visayas and Mindanao as it moved closer to those areas Saturday morning.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the LPA was 120 kms north of Cagayan de Oro City or 70 km east-southeast of Tagbilaran City in Bohol as of 2 a.m.

"Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms becoming widespread rains over Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao which may trigger flashfloods and landslides," it said in its 5 a.m. bulletin.

On the other hand, it said the tail-end of a cold front continues to affect Eastern Luzon.

"The rest of Eastern Luzon will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rains while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rains," it said.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough, it said.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast and east with slight to moderate seas, it added.

Meanwhile, Pagasa said the surge of the northeast monsoon will affect the seaboards of Luzon and Eastern Visayas.

"Fishing boats and other small sea craft are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea craft are alerted against big waves," it said. - GMANews.TV

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