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Today’s Philippine Weather Forecast: April 16, 2017 LPA prevails on Easter

Brief Recap: #CrisingPH
Rains poured amid the observance of the Lenten Season after a Low Pressure Area (LPA) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Maundy Thursday. On Good Friday, it developed into a Tropical Depression and was named “Crising”. PAGASA issued Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 1 in several areas in Mindanao, Visayas and Southern Luzon. On Black Saturday, it made landfall in Hernani, Eastern Samar and weakened into a Low Pressure Area hours later.

Rainy Easter
The LPA, formerly Tropical Depression Crising, was last spotted at 85 kilometers east-southeast of Roxas City. This weather disturbance may still bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms in the regions of Eastern and Central Visayas. Residents of these areas are advised to prepare for possible flash floods and landslides.

Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will be experienced in the regions of Bicol, MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon & Palawan), Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, the rest of Visayas and the province of Quezon. Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms will prevail in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

In an interview with Panahon TV, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Robb Gile said that the LPA has yet to dissipate in the next 24 hours, bringing Easter rains mostly in parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

No gale warning was issued but fisherfolk and sea travelers are alerted against moderate to rough seas in Luzon and Visayas. The remaining seaboards will be slight to moderate.

Easter Earthquake

Another strong earthquake rattled parts of Mindanao earlier today. Measuring magnitude 5.2, the quake has a depth of 3 kilometers and an epicenter located at 14 kilometers west of Wao, Lanao del Sur.

PHIVOLCS recorded different intensities, indicating that the tremor was also felt in nearby areas. Intensity 5 rocked Wao, Lanao del Sur while residents of Kalilangan, Bukidnon experienced Intensity 4. Meanwhile, Intensity 3 was felt in Cotabato City and Intensity 2 in other parts of Bukidnon, including Pangantucan, Maramag, Valencia City and Quezon. No initial reports of damage yet but the public is advised to be alert against possible aftershocks.