By Catherine Teves, PNA
MANILA — The weather bureau said Saturday the Visayas, Mindanao and parts of Luzon can experience flash floods during the 24-hour period ending at 4 a.m. Sunday due to severe thunderstorms that may strike these areas.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised the possibility, noting that the easterlies may bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms in the Visayas, and Mindanao, as well as Luzon’s Bicol, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa regions.
Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to localized thunderstorms may occur in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, except Batanes province and the Babuyan Islsands, PAGASA said.
“Some of the thunderstorms expected in the Visayas, Mindanao and parts of Luzon may be severe – raising the possibility of flash floods,” PAGASA weather forecaster, Raymond Ordinario, said, adding that the thunderstorms, whether severe or not, can occur between noon and late evening.
For Luzon’s northernmost Batanes province and the Babuyan Islands, however, PAGASA forecast cloudy skies with light rains due to the frontal system affecting these areas.
These conditions will have no significant impact, PAGASA noted.
Moderate to rough coastal waters, with waves up to 3.1 meters high, are likely in northern Luzon during the 24-hour forecast period as moderate to strong winds blowing from northeast to east are possible.
PAGASA also forecast that the rest of the country would have slight to moderate coastal waters with waves as high as 2.1 meters, from light to moderate winds blowing southeastwards. (PNA)