Tropical depression Caloy slightly intensified as it moved slowly over the West Philippine Sea, and is likely to continue to stir the southwest monsoon or “habagat.”

In its 11 p.m. bulletin issued on Wednesday, June 29, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that Caloy has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

In the next 24 hours, the enhanced habagat may bring moderate to heavy rains over Palawan, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Aurora, Quezon, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, and Laguna.

Meanwhile, “light to moderate with at times heavy rains” may affect Metro Manila, Marinduque, Romblon, Rizal, Tarlac, Pampanga, Ilocos Region, Bicol Region, and Western Visayas.

“Under these conditions, scattered flooding and rain-induced landslides are likely, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazards maps and in areas with significant antecedent rainfall,” PAGASA warned.

Based on PAGASA’s latest data, Caloy was estimated at 430 kilometers west of Iba, Zambales as of 10 p.m.

If it maintains its current track, Caloy will exit the country’s area of responsibility within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the cloud cluster northeast of Luzon has developed into a low pressure area on Wednesday evening.

It was located at 915 km east of Casiguran, Aurora.

Weather specialist Benison Estareja said the LPA has a chance of developing into a tropical depression by Friday or Saturday, July 1 or July 2.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2022/06/29/caloy-slightly-intensifies-as-it-moves-slowly-over-west-ph-sea/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=caloy-slightly-intensifies-as-it-moves-slowly-over-west-ph-sea)