LPA turns into tropical depression 'Quedan'

Kim Arveen Patria
Kim Arveen Patria
Yahoo Southeast Asia Newsroom
Photo from Pagasa website

Rains again threaten the country as a low pressure area off Visayas turned into a tropical depression late Sunday, state weather forecasters said.

“The low pressure area east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar has developed into a tropical depression and was named ‘Quedan,’” Pagasa said in its 5 p.m. bulletin.

The tropical depression was last seen 900 kilometers east of Guiuan, with maximum winds of 45 kilometers per hour.

“Quedan” will not yet affect any part of the country, Pagasa said, even as it warned of moderate to occasionally heavy rains within its 300-kilometers diameter.

“Palawan, Eastern Visayas and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms,” Pagasa said in its 24-hour forecast 5 p.m.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country meanwhile will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms, it added.

“Quedan” is expected to be at 930 kilometers northeast of Guiuan Monday afternoon. It is forecast to exit the Philippine area of responsibility late Tuesday.

The tropical depression comes after “Paolo” which left the Philippines Friday. Prior to Paolo, monsoon rains intensified by “Odette” dumped heavy rains on the country.