The Low Pressure Area East of Mindanao has developed into a Tropical Depression early Friday and was named EGAY.

At 4:00 a.m. today, Tropical Depression “EGAY” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 310 km East of Surigao City (9.7°N, 128.6°E) with maximum winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move Northwest at 13 kph.

Egay may stay in Philippine territory until at least Sunday. PAGASA added.

He also said Egay might not make landfall on the Philippines and may merely “graze” the eastern part of the country. But he said that while no storm signals are raised for now, Southern Palawan, Eastern Visayas and Northeastern Mindanao may experience flash floods and landslides.

PAGASA said Egay is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and will bring rains over Mindanao and Eastern Visayas.

“Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms becoming cloudy with widespread rains over Southern Palawan, Eastern Visayas and Northeastern Mindanao which may trigger flashfloods and landslides,” it said.