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Torrential Downpours, Flooding Potential for Philippines

Persistent rounds of tropical downpours will spread across the southern Philippines through the end of the week, causing flooding concerns through the upcoming weekend.

A tropical disturbance located east of the Philippines near the island of Palau will chug westward over the next few days. This influx of moisture is expected to cause numerous showers and thunderstorms across the southern Philippines.

The wet weather is expected to get underway Thursday and continue at least through the weekend. Through Sunday, rainfall amounts should be 75-150 mm (3-6 inches) across the southern half of the Philippines with up to 300 mm (12 inches) in the higher mountains.

Cities such as Davao, Surigao, Hinatuan and Tacloban all have the potential to receive flooding downpours. Manila should be spared the heaviest rainfall.

Flooding issues will become a greater concern this weekend after a few days of heavy rainfall.

While the heaviest precipitation should stay just south of the areas hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan last November, rounds of thunderstorms could still cause localized flooding in areas ravaged by the cyclone.

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Some locations in Philippines currently have saturated ground due to recent heavy rains. Over 150 mm (6 inches) of rain soaked Hinatuan on Tuesday while Suigao picked up 116 mm (4.58 inches).

There is a small chance that the disturbance responsible for this heavy rain could develop into an organized tropical system. If development were to occur, the system would remain weak and rain would be the main threat.

This round of flooding rains comes just prior to the increase in tropical activity in the western Pacific.

"While no tropical systems are imminent after this batch of heavy rain, the season usually starts to ramp up in April," noted AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak.