NEW STORM 'NANDO' THREATENS METRO MANILA
A potential tropical cyclone entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Friday morning, the state weather bureau reported. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astrological Services Administration (PAGASA) said that a low pressure area (LPA) was estimated at 580 kilometers Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. PAGASA said that new weather system will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over the eastern areas of Mindanao and may trigger flashfloods and landslides. It added that eastern Visayas will also experience rainshowers and thunderstorms. The weather bureau said that the LPA may intensify into a tropical cyclone in three days or by Monday. The new cyclone will be named "Nando," the fourth this month and 14th to enter the country this year.
PAGASA expects that at least five tropical cyclones will enter the country this month.
MANILA, AUGUST 26, 2013 (PHILSTAR) By PNA - Another tropical depression named “Nando” on Sunday set in, prompting Malacanang to warn the public to take extra precaution after its predecessor “Maring” caused massive floodings in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
The weather bureau said “Nando” was the reason Metro Manila and neighboring provinces were experiencing rain showers and thunderstorms yet again.
Palace spokesman Avigail Valte advised the public to keep monitoring alerts from DOST-PAGASA and to always be prepared in case this tropical depression brings more rain.
PAGASA released its first thunderstorm advisory earlier at 2:15 p.m. affecting portions of Metro Manila (Quezon City, Marikina), portions of Rizal, Bulacan, Zambales and nearby areas within two hours.“All are advised to take precautionary measures against heavy rains, strong winds, lightning and possible flashfloods,” the weather bureau said.
The weather bureau said Nando became the fourth cyclone to enter the Philippine Area of responsibility this month and it will be the 14th cyclone this year to hit the country, which is battered by 17-20 storms every year.
Weather Forecaster Jori Loiz said that as of 10 a.m. Sunday, tropical depression Nando was at 290 km east of Borongan City in Samar (11.2°N, 128.6°E) with maximum winds of 55 kph near the center.
It is forecast to move north northwest at 13 kph.
Most parts of the country will experience cloudy skies with light rains in the next 24 hours due to tropical depression Nando and monsoon trough.
Weather Forecaster Glaiza Escullar said that the cyclone was not expected to make landfall in the country.
She added with its speed Nando was expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday or Friday.
With extended cloudiness due to Nando, Eastern Visayas and Bicol region will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides, she said.
Escullar said that except for Northern Luzon, Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) and the rest of Visayas and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Escullar said that Northern Luzon will experience fair weather with partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
In a four-day forecast, Escullar said that cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers will continues in most parts of the country due to the weather system affecting the country.
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