"Bagyong Emong," that's the name of the new tropical storm that was formerly a low pressure area off Mindanao.
UPDATE June 19, 2013: 'Bagyong Emong' maintained its speed and strength and could leave the Philippine area of responsibility before dawn Thursday, according to the latest weather bulletin of PAGASA at 11:00 AM.
'Emong' may still bring rainfall of 5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) from within its 600-km diameter and will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon. The southwest monsoon will bring "moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the western sections of Luzon and Visayas and light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms over the rest of the country."
Earlier: A weather disturbance has been spotted off Mindanao. The low pressure area (LPA) will bring heavy rain to the area with flashfloods and landslides possible, warns the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
The low pressure area may still intensify at sea. If it does strengthen into a tropical depression or even to a cyclone, it will be named 'Emong,' the fifth storm to enter the Philippines this year.
The regions of Caraga, Davao and Socsargen will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rain showers and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides, said PAGASA.
Meanwhile, other parts of the country, including Luzon and Metro Manila, will continue to experience cloudy skies and thunderstorms due to the southwest monsoon, or 'habagat.'
In its advisory, PAGASA said the Ilocos region, Visayas, the rest of Mindanao and the provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro and Palawan will be cloudy with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. Adobo Talk PH
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