PH might soon have irst trop­i­cal cy­clone of 2019

Watchmen Daily Journal - - NATION - com) (Rap­pler.

MANILA – The low pres­sure area (LPA) right out­side the Philip­pine Area of Re­spon­si­bil­ity (PAR) that was bring­ing rain to Min­danao al­ready dis­si­pated on Satur­day, Jan­uary 12, but an­other LPA has been spot­ted.

In a brief­ing past 5:00 p.m. on Satur­day, the Philip­pine At­mo­spheric, Geo­phys­i­cal, and As­tro­nom­i­cal Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion (PAGASA) said the new LPA is 3,400 kilo­me­ters east of Min­danao, still out­side PAR.

This LPA is likely to be­come a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion within the next three days, ac­cord­ing to PAGASA Weather Spe­cial­ist Beni­son Estareja.

It might en­ter PAR ei­ther on Thurs­day,

Jan­uary 17, or Fri­day,

Jan­uary 18.

If this fore­cast is main­tained, the LPA would be­come the coun­try's first trop­i­cal cy­clone for 2019 and would be given the lo­cal name "Amang."

The Philip­pines gets an av­er­age of 20 trop­i­cal cy­clones per year. The fore­cast for Jan­uary is zero to one trop­i­cal cy­clone.

Though the LPA is not yet di­rectly af­fect­ing the coun­try, its trough or ex­ten­sion will al­ready bring some rain.

Min­danao had scat­tered rain­show­ers and thun­der­storms yes­ter­day. The rain, rang­ing from light to heavy, might trig­ger flash floods and land­slides.

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