There's a 60-70% Chance of a Tropical Depression Off Mindanao After Christmas

Low Pressure Area likely to enter the country after Christmas.
Photo/s: PAGASA

A low pressure area east of Mindanao could enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility after Christmas and has a 60-70% chance of intensifying into a tropical depression, PAGASA said Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear where the weather system would hit. It will come a week after Typhoon Odette, the strongest storm of 2021, ravaged the Visayas and parts of Mindanao, leaving 375 people killed and displacing tens of thousands.

It could enter PAR by Dec. 26 or 27 and will be closest to land in Mindanao between Dec. 29 and 30, PAGASA said.

A tropical depression packs winds of up to 61 kilometers per hour. Odette made landfall in Siargao Island with maximum sustained winds of 195 kph and 270 kph gusts.

It will be given the local name Paolo if it develops into a tropical depression. 

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