LPA may develop into a tropical cyclone in 24 hours

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Date Posted: 17 Jul 2014

As Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) leaves the Philippines, a new weather disturbance could soon visit the country.

State weather bureau PAGASA, in its 5 am bulletin for Glenda, said it has spotted a new low pressure area 940 kilometers east of northern Mindanao.

According to independent weather monitoring agency Weather Philippines late Wednesday, July 16, the active low pressure area is consolidating rapidly and could develop into a Tropical Cyclone within the next 24 hours.

This follows a report of a new weather disturbance NASA spotted in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. However, NASA said there was a “low chance” for the LPA to develop into a stronger weather system in the coming days. (Read: After #GlendaPH, more bad weather coming?)

If the system does develop into a storm, it will have the international codename Matmo, and the Philippine codename Henry once it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Weather forecast

Meawhile, Typhoon Glenda continues to move away from the country, Pagasa said.

As of 4 am Thursday, the system was located 380 kilometers west southwest of Dagupan City, with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h near the center and gusts of up to 160 km/h.

Glenda is forecast to move west northwest at a speed of 20 km/h, and is expected to leave the PAR by Thursday morning.

All public storm warning signals have been lowered.

The outer circulation of Typhoon Glenda and the Southwest Monsoon are expected to bring occasional rains across the western sections of central and southern Luzon.

The rest of the country will have partly sunny skies with isolated afternoon or evening rain shower and thunderstorms, Weather Philippines said.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are still advised not to venture out into the western seaboard of Luzon. – Rappler.com

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