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    ‘Agaton’ threatens Philippines

    THE low pressure area (LPA) off Mindanao in Southern Philippines has a high chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours and will be codenamed “Agaton”, the state weather bureau in Manila said on Wednesday
    Weather forecaster Connie Dadivas said that as of 4:00 a.m., the LPA was spotted at 100 km East of Borongan, Eastern Samar (11.5°N 126.4°E) in Central Philippines.
    She said the LPA will continue to dump moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the regions of Bicol, Eastern and Central Visayas, Caraga and Northern Philippines.
    The weather bureau advised residents in these areas to take all the necessary precautionary measures against flashfloods and landslides.
    Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Western Visayas and the rest of Southern Philippines will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
    Dadivas said the LPA is expected to intensify into a tropical depression by Thursday evening or Friday morning once it reaches Southern Palawan.
    “Based on the models, by Thursday evening the LPA will intensify into a tropical depression passing small islands,” Dadivas said.
    The LPA is expected to move down to southern Palawan before exiting towards the West Philippine Sea.
    In case it becomes a tropical depression, “Agaton” is the first cyclone to enter the country this year.
    "Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," the weather bureau said.
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