Multiple tropical threats to drench the Philippines through early week

Eric Leister

A pair of tropical systems across the Philippine Sea will bring the risk for flooding to parts of the Philippines through early week.

One tropical disturbance is located just to the east of the southern Philippines and will bring heavy rain to the country over the weekend.

Through the weekend, the first will continue to bring heavy rainfall to the southern Philippines, especially in eastern Mindanao, where there can be 75-150 mm (3-6 inches). An AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 300 mm (12 inches) is expected. The remainder of Mindanao can expect rainfall of 25-75 mm (1-3 inches).

At the same time, Palau will be at risk for daily showers and thunderstorms with downpours capable of producing localized flooding as a second tropical disturbance passes nearby.

The risk for heavy rainfall across Mindanao may cause further issues for areas still recovering from a deadly 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the region on Dec.14.

Widespread travel disruptions could occur due to the risk of significant flooding through Sunday. There will also be an increased risk for mudslides during this time.

Locations across southern Visayas, including Cebu, will be at risk for 25-75 mm (1-3 inches) of rainfall through Sunday with up to 200 mm (8 inches) in Bohol, Leyte and southern Cebu.

This first tropical threat will depart the Philippines by later on Sunday.

No break in the stormy weather is expected across the central and southern Philippines as a second tropical threat will bring a chance for flooding to parts of the Philippines this week.

The second disturbance is located to the east of Palau.

As of Friday afternoon, local time, the Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration called this disturbance a tropical depression.

A satellite view of the newly formed tropical storm east of the Philippines on Sunday morning, local time.

The Japan Meteorological Agency had given the storm the name Phanfone on Sunday morning, local time, as it strengthened to a tropical storm.

In the Philippines, the storm will be known locally as Ursula.

The tropical storm will continue to track to the west through the end of the weekend.

A continued west to northwest track will take this second tropical threat toward the Philippines during the first half of the week.

Visayas and northeast Mindanao will again be at risk for multiple days of locally heavy rainfall which may result in travel disruptions and flooding problems. The threat for heavy rain may extend as far north at southern Luzon.

Impacts from the storm may spread across the remainder of the central Philippines during the middle of the week.

Residents will also have to be alert for potentially damaging wind as the storm passes across the country.