READ: PAGASA weather updates on 4 LPA, the state weather bureau said the reports were fake.
Manila, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) belies the supposed reports of four (4) low pressure areas (LPA) possibly entering the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
The state weather bureau warns netizens against weather misinformation after a satellite image allegedly showing the four LPAs entering PAR was posted on a Facebook page. The image became viral less than 24 hours of posting. As of writing, the post garnered more than 81,000 shares.
PAGASA said the report was fake. In fact, the agency was monitoring only 1 LPA outside PAR which has now become a tropical depression named Josie. It is last spotted 195 km west northwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur.
Josie is expected to enhance southwest monsoon or hanging habagat. Scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains will prevail over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Zambales, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija. Residents along these areas are advised to take precautionary measures against possible flooding and landslides especially in low-lying and mountainous areas.
Meanwhile, hanging habagat will still continue to bring scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains over Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and the rest of Central Luzon.
Netizens are reminded that PAGASA is the only agency in the Philippines that is mandated by law to provide accurate atmospheric and astronomical forecasts.