Heavy rains seen in Mindanao this weekend

MANILA, Philippines – A low pressure area was spotted yesterday over General Santos City and is expected to bring heavy rains over Mindanao this weekend, the state weather bureau said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the low pressure area was spotted at 70 kilometers northeast of General Santos City at 2 a.m. yesterday.

“This weather system is expected to bring scattered to widespread rains over Mindanao which may trigger flash floods and landslides,” it said.

PAGASA, however, said the low pressure area was not expected to develop into a tropical cyclone in the next few days.

PAGASA advised villagers in low-lying areas, along riverbanks and near mountain slopes to take all the necessary precautionary measures.

Fishermen in the seaboards of Luzon and eastern Visayas are also advised not to venture out into the sea due to big waves generated by strong to gale force northeasterly winds.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said mostly cloudy skies with scattered rains and isolated thunderstorms will prevail over the Visayas and Mindanao, including Palawan, in the next 24 hours.

Scattered to widespread rains, meanwhile, will prevail over eastern and central Visayas and Mindanao which may trigger flash floods and landslides, PAGASA said.

The rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rains or thunderstorms, it said.

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