By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The low pressure area (LPA) west of the country has intensified into a tropical depression on yesterday afternoon and was given a local name of “Nando.”
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of the cyclone at 280 kilometers (km) west-northwest of Dagupan City in Pangasinan around 5 p.m. yesterday.
Nando is the fourth cyclone to develop inside the country’s area of responsibility this month. The other cyclones that affected the country were Kiko, Lannie and Maring.
It has maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 60 kph. It is forecast to move west-northwest away from the country at 24 kph.
PAGASA said Nando will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Zambales, Bataan, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan.
It warned of possible lightning, moderate to occasional heavy rains, strong winds, flash floods, and landslides over Zambales and Bataan.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan will likely experience lightning or strong winds and light to moderate rains due to thunderstorms.
PAGASA said localized thunderstorm will affect Visayas, Mindanao and the rest of Luzon. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms with possible lightning, strong winds, and occasional heavy rains will prevail over these areas.
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