Tropical depression ‘Ambo’ expected to bring thunderstorms



May 11 ------ The low-pressure area (LPA) east of Mindanao intensified into a tropical depression on Sunday afternoon (May 10) and was given the local name “Ambo.” It is the first cyclone to form inside the Philippine area of responsibility in 2020. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of Ambo at 545 kilometers (km) east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur around 4 p.m. Sunday. It has maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 55 kph, while it is forecast to move west-northwest at 15 kph. PAGASA said the trough or advancing clouds of the LPA could bring scattered moderate to occasional heavy rains and thunderstorms over Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental, South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, and Maguindanao. It advised the public to take extra precautions against possible flash floods, flooding, or landslides in the event of severe thunderstorms. The weather bureau said it is still less likely to raise tropical cyclone wind signals in the next 48 hours. Earlier, PAGASA said the weather disturbance may bring significant rains as it move towards the landmass of Mindanao and the Visayas in the coming days. It said parts of Mindanao may experience scattered rains and thunderstorms due to the weather disturbance by Monday, and over some parts of the Visayas as the cyclone traverses the region in the next few days. Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country may continue to experience warm and humid mornings with chances of localized thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening. Sudden but short-lived rains or thunderstorms, especially in the late afternoon or early evening, are becoming more prevalent as the country transitions from the warm and dry season to the wet season. Source: mb.com.ph