A weather system that has developed into a tropical depression named “Perla” is now within the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Thursday.
In a weather update, local PAGASA chief Sonny Pajarilla said the center of tropical depression Perla was estimated to be some 910 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. It is moving west at 10 kilometers per hour.
The weather bureau said that even if Perla is within PAR, it is still 1,000 kilometers away from any of the country’s landmass.
Loriedin dela Cruz, PAGASA weather specialist, said that the center of the tropical depression is still in the sea and PAGASA does not see yet any direct effect of the storm to any landmass of the country.
“Sa Philippine Sea halos dalawang araw pa itong babaybayin hanggang sa lumapit ito sa ating landmass pero sa nakikita natin, likely, mananatili itong tropical depression,” she said.
PAGASA does not see any chances that Perla will intensify into a tropical storm in the coming days.
“Ang nakikita natin na senaryo kapag papalapit ito sa ating landmass ay malaki ang chance na humina ito bilang isang LPA (low-pressure area) na lang dahil meron tayong hangin na nanggagaling sa hilagang silangan,” she said.
She said that the cold wind coming from the northeast is not favorable for storms or LPA.
Moderate to strong winds from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas with moderate to rough seas. Light to moderate winds from the northeast will prevail over Mindanao with slight to moderate seas.