Tropical Cyclone "Agaton" expected to hit El Niño-stricken RP Thursday
It's official. The weather has gone absolutely crazy. In the face of the dry spell, we're now expecting a cyclone.
A tropical depression named "Agaton," spotted 1,000 kilometers southeast of the Philippines, is gathering magnitude and is predicted to enter the country's territory on Thursday, March 25, reports GMANews.tv.
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster Gilbert Aquino told GMA News that Metro Manila should expect isolated rain showers and thunderstorms as the storm picks up pace.
"Pupuwede lumakas pa yan, na sa karagatan pa siya. Mga Huwebes o Biyernes (It can still gain more strength. It is still in a body of water. It may enter Philippine territory Thursday or Friday)," Aquino said.
With summer already in the Philippines, Aquino stated that "Agaton" is not a sign of an early rainy season. "Bigla may namuo sa bandang Pacific (It's just a cyclone formed in the Pacific Ocean.)" As of 5 a.m. today, PAGASA reported a wind convergence in Eastern Visayas and Mindanao brought about by the depression.