‘Ex­pect gloomy weather’

The Freeman - - NEWS - — May B.

Cebu will con­tinue ex­pe­ri­enc­ing light to moder­ate rain show­ers and thun­der­storms for the next few days due to trop­i­cal de­pres­sion 'Odette' af­fect­ing Lu­zon and Visayas.

The gloomy weather will con­tinue till Sun­day due to trough or ex­ten­sion of the weather dis­tur­bance, ac­cord­ing to Mac­tan-based Philip­pine At­mo­spheric, Geo­phys­i­cal and As­tro­nom­i­cal Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion (PAGASA) Chief Al­fredo Quiblat Jr.

Trough is an elon­gated area of low at­mo­spheric pres­sure that can oc­cur ei­ther at the earth's sur­face or at higher al­ti­tudes.

Quiblat said Odette was seen 800 kilo­me­ters of Cebu, but it will still bring “in­di­rect” ef­fects to the prov­ince, in­clud­ing light to moder­ate rain show­ers.

He said Odette, the 15th trop­i­cal cy­clone to en­ter the coun­try this year, is also seen to en­hance the strength of the south­west mon­soon (Haba­gat).

“Though we are not di­rectly af­fected by the weather sys­tem, this is what we call as an in­di­rect ef­fect. There will be slight to moder­ate tem­po­rary in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of Haba­gat for Visayas un­til Sun­day,” said Quiblat.

While there might be no gale warn­ing de­clared by PAGASA over Cen­tral Visayas, fish­er­men and fish­ing op­er­a­tors, how­ever, are ad­vised not to sail in case the seas turn rough due to moder­ate to strong winds.

PAGASA warned that the strength of Odette has slightly in­ten­si­fied as it moves west­ward over the Philip­pine Sea.

Odette was last tracked 730 kilo­me­ters east of Tuguegarao City in Ca­gayan with max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 55 kilo­me­ters per hour and gusts of up to 65 kph. It was mov­ing west at 26 kph.

Quiblat said there is a chance that Odette's cat­e­gory may raise into trop­i­cal storm be­fore reach­ing land­mass or af­ter mak­ing a land­fall in Ca­gayan prov­ince.

Trop­i­cal de­pres­sion is the first of the five clas­si­fi­ca­tions of trop­i­cal cy­clone based on its in­ten­sity and fol­lowed by trop­i­cal storm.

He ad­vised the pub­lic to con­tinue mon­i­tor­ing the weather up­dates as sig­nif­i­cant changes in the weather pat­tern may oc­cur.

Mi­asco/KBQ

JOY TORREJOS

Barangay Cap­tain Ju­nard “Ahong” Chan of Pajo, Lapu-Lapu City joins the PNP mas­cot in a sou­venir photo while flash­ing their clenched fists.

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