Tropical depression 'Auring' has already weakened into a low-pressure area (LPA), bolstering chances for improving weather in central Philippines.
'Auring' became an LPA at about 8 a.m. Monday while at some 40 km. east of Mactan in Cebu province, said weather forecaster Robb Gile of the state weather bureau, PAGASA.
"Conditions then were no longer favorable for 'Auring' to either intensify or remain as a tropical depression," he noted.
Gile said despite such development, the LPA will likely bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over the Bicol region and Samar on Monday.
He urged communities in these areas to prepare accordingly as such rains could trigger flash floods and landslides.
"Fisher folk and those with small sea craft are alerted against moderate to occasionally rough seas over the Bicol region and the Visayas," PAGASA also said in its severe weather bulletin 15 released Monday.
The LPA can bring light to moderate rains to the Calabarzon region, as well as Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon provinces, Gile continued.
Isolated rain showers and thunderstorms are possible over the rest of the Visayas, he noted.
"Areas where we forecast rain can afterwards begin experiencing improving weather," he said.
With 'Auring's' weakening into an LPA, the government already lifted its tropical cyclone warning signal 1 in areas where it previously prevailed.
According to Gile, one possibility is for the LPA to dissipate while inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
Another possibility, he added, is for the LPA to head westwards and cross the PAR line in two to three days. (
Source: Philippines News Agency