No tropical cyclone in PAR but LPA eyed east of Catarman, N. Samar

Tacloban City – As of 4 p.m. today, latest weather forecast from the state weather bureau indicates that tropical storm NEPARTAK remains outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), but a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was eyed just 85 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affects Southern Luzon and the Visayas resulting to cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains prevailing over Bicol region and the provinces of Samar.

Based on latest data analyzed by Pagasa, Tacloban City may continue to experience cloudy skies with rain showers or thunderstorms until Wednesday. Wind blowing from the southwest remains at slight to moderate, the report said.

Pagasa weather forecast as of 5 pm, July 3, 2016
Pagasa weather forecast as of 5 pm, July 3, 2016

Meanwhile, a strange cloud formation was seen off the coast in Tacloban City near the Daniel Z Romualdez (DZR) domestic airport. Airline employee Ian Cesar Tabuyan documented and uploaded the video on facebook. Pagasa, however, has no official report issued yet about what appeared to be a giant ‘supercell’ that formed at 3 p.m., but eventually dissipated, above the sea yesterday, July 2.

Video by Cesar Ian Tabuyan
Video by Cesar Ian Tabuyan

The weather condition for the past two days caused heavy rain showers and light flooding in some areas including the permanent resettlement site for Yolanda survivors at Ridgeview, Brgy Cabalawan, northern Tacloban.

Ridgeview Permanent Shelters, Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City
Flooding. Ridgeview Permanent Shelters, Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City. Photo from facebook page of Neil Glova

Pagasa said tropical storm NEPARTAK will be named ‘Butchoy’ when it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility, possibly on Tuesday this week.

With reports from DOST-Pagasa.

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