MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image , 4:01 p.m., 17 June 2013 (Photo from Pagasa)

Public coordinating councils have been advised to prepare for disasters due to the presence of a new weather disturbance in the country, the state weather bureau said.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) issued the warning as it foresees Tropical Depression “Emong” to intensify in the next few days.

In its 10 am update, Pagasa said Emong has packed up maximum winds of 55 kph near the center on Monday morning from 45 kph-strong winds on Sunday evening.
The tropical depression was spotted still hovering at the East Philippine Sea at about 280 kms east of Virac, Catanduanes where it may continue to gain strength.
The weather expert said they do not expect Emong to make landfall in any part of Luzon due to its west northwestward movement at 11 kph.
If it maintains its pace, Pagasa estimates Emong to be at 230 kms northeast of Virac by Tuesday, 330 kms east of Aparri by Wednesday and 400 kms northeast of Basco, Batanes by Thursday.
However, the state weather bureau warned Emong’s presence will continue to enhance the Southwest monsoon, which will bring occasional moderate to heavy rains all over the country.
“It will enhance the Southwest monsoon which will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao,” Pagasa warned.
Pura said moderate 5 mm to 15 mm of rains per hour may come down on areas that will be covered by Emong’s 300-km diameter.

This, he noted, may also trigger flashfloods and landslides over Bicol Region, Visayas, Northern Mindanao, as well as Caraga and Mimaropa regions.
Pagasa noted Metro Manila, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Zambales,  and Bataan as well as the rest of Mindanao will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. 
The rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to southeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the southwest to west over Visayas and Mindanao, the Pagasa said.
It added that a cloud cluster hovering off the Pacific Ocean may also become a Low Pressure Area (LPA) by Friday.

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