TD ‘Perla’ to affect northern provinces

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    A LOW pressure area off Aurora yesterday developed into a tropical depression (TD) and was named “Perla,” the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

    PAGASA said no tropical cyclone wind signal was raised but Perla may bring “adverse weather condition” to Batanes, Cagayan (including Babuyan Islands) and Apayao starting Friday night or Saturday morning.

    As of 3 p.m. yesterday, Perla was some 990 km east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora or 1,005 km east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

    It was moving west northwest at 25 kph, packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.

    PAGASA said Bicol region and the provinces of Batanes, Cagayan, and Quezon will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the northeasterly surface windflow.

    It said Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas will also have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the intertropical convergence zone.

    Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.