Tropical depression “Egay” which is currently moving slowly towards the general direction of the northwest of the Philippines is expected to be downgraded to a low-pressure area (LPA) on Tuesday morning as it leaves the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) towards the evening.
As of the 2:00 p.m. update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Egay is located at 175 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan and considered as almost stationary for the past 12 hours of monitoring.
Aside from Egay, PAGASA is also monitoring another LPA outside the PAR which is around 790 kilometers away from the west of Ilocos Sur.
It is not yet expected to enter the PAR today, yet it could turn into a tropical depression in the next 24 hours.
“For the past 12 hours, mabagal pa rin ang pagkilos nito and almost stationary, halos ‘di gumagalaw, bukod pa dyan, meron pa isang low pressure area na binabantayan pero ito ay nasa labas ng ating Philippine Area of Responsibility nasa around 790 kilometers pa rin sa kanluran ng Ilocos Sur at mababa pa rin ang tyansa na ito ay papasok sa ating PAR pero mataas ang tyansa naman na ito ay maging tropical depression for the next 24 hours,” PAGASA weather specialist Benison Estareja said Monday.
Egay may turn back into an LPA after it reaches the Batanes Group of Islands on Tuesday morning and is expected to leave the PAR in the afternoon or evening.
There is no gale warning advisory released yet for the sailors, however, PAGASA said that the sea current will be at moderate to rough from the seaboards of Cagayan and Isabela, as well as in the western seaboard of Ilocos Norte down to Palawan.
“Wala naman tayong gale warning sa ngayon, pinapayuhan natin yong mga nasa sea boards ng Cagayan at Isabela gayon din sa western seaboard ng Ilocos Norte down dito sa may Palawan, moderate to rough seas tayo so hindi natin pinapayuhan na pumalaot ang mga kababayan natin doon,” he added.
Egay is the fifth tropical depression to enter the country in 2019.