By NITZ ARANCON
A NEW low presssure area entered Philippine territory yesterday, bringing more rains in most parts of the country.
Luz Mercado, a weather specialist at the El Salvador station of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, said the LPA was over the Pacific Ocean but entered the Philippine area at around 11 am. It was some 300 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
The tropical threat brought more rains to Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and Caraga that have already been seeing scattered rainshowers in the past few days.
Mercado said the cloud formation was tracking towards the Visayas.
She said Pagasa was closely monitoring the weather system that could intensify.
In a 4 pm advisory, Pagasa warned of heavy rainfall, and hoisted the red warning level in Metro Cebu and the Camotes island. It warned of serious floodings and landslides there.
The rest of Cebu, Bohol and Leyte were placed under orange warning. which means that flooding is threatening low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas.
The yellow warning level was raised in Negros Occidental where flooding and landslides are also possible.