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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Low-pressure area off E Visayas to dissipate - Pagasa

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MANILA, Philippines - A low-pressure area (LPA) was spotted off Eastern Visayas early
Wednesday, but state weather forecasters said it is not likely to develop into a tropical cyclone like "Cosme" or "Dindo."

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) forecaster Nonoy About said Wednesday the LPA is likely to dissipate instead of strengthen.

"Magdi-dissipate din ito. Wala tayong nakikitang prognosis magiging tropical cyclone ito (It will likely dissipate. We do not see any prognosis indicating it will develop into a tropical cyclone)," About said in an interview on dzBB radio.

He said the next cyclone will be code-named "Enteng." He noted an average of some 20 cyclones hit the country every year.

Pagasa's 5 a.m. advisory said that as of 2 a.m., the LPA was estimated at 910 kilometers east of Southern Visayas, embedded along the intertropical convergence zone affecting Visayas and Mindanao.

"Visayas and Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming frequent rains over Northeastern Mindanao," it said.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to at times cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.

Light to moderate winds blowing from the east and southeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the southwest and southeast over Mindanao.

Coastal waters throughout the entire archipelago will be slight to moderate except during thunderstorms. - GMANews.TV