Angat Dam may not be replenished until end of the year – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   November 6, 2019   •   753

MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA believes that the water level in Angat Dam is still far from reaching the maximum water level of 212 meters even before the year ends.

PAGASA said the amount of rainfall in the country is still not enough to replenish what was lost during the onset of El Niño that started last year up to the first quarter of 2019.

Weather specialist Benison Estareja said observing the current state of the weather, Angat Dam’s water level may only reach up to a maximum of 190 meters.

“Ngayon ay nasa normal pa naman ang water level natin pero ang sinasabi natin na normal high water level na 210 meters ay malabo,” Estareja said.

(So far, our water level remains normal but not the normal high level of 210 meters.)

According to the National Water Resources Board (NWRB), water supply interruptions will continue for Metro Manila clients in order to reserve water supply for the dry season.

“Sa ganito pong lebel sa 190 meters ay kaya naman nating ma-manage yan. Kaya lang magpapatuloy yung kabawasan alokasyon para ito ay mapaabot sa summer next year,” Sevillo David, the NWRB Executive Director said.

(We can still manage with 190 meters water level. However, we need to continue with limited allocation so our supply would last until summer next year.)

Water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water are both imposing water service interruptions to its customers.

The two companies advised clients to store water enough for use until normal schedule resumes.

“Kapag mataas ang lebel ng Ipo dam, iniigsian natin (ang water interruption),” said Grace Laxa, Maynilad’s Media Relations Asst. Manager

(When Ipo Dam’s water level is high, we cut short the hours of water interruption.)

“Imbes na halimbawa may area tayo ng 10 hours pupwedeng 8 hours nalang ang kanilang interruption (For instance, an area that experiences 10 hours interruption will only have 8 hours),” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte previously stated that he will use his extraordinary power to solve problems in water supply in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

For now, according to the NWRB, the best and the easiest way to replenish water supply is through deep well. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Monsoon rains to affect areas in Luzon as STS Dindo exits

Marje Pelayo   •   August 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Severe tropical storm (STS) Dindo is expected to exit the country on Monday morning but the southwest monsoon may bring occasional heavy rains over certain areas in Luzon, according to the latest forecast from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

As of 5:00 a.m., the state weather agency located STS Dindo at 475 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes and is now over the Yaeyama Islands in the Southern Ryukyu island in Japan. 

It is moving northwestward towards the East China Sea while exiting the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this morning. 

It is likely to make landfall over Zhejiang Province in eastern China tomorrow early morning as a Severe Tropical Storm.

PAGASA said no tropical cyclone wind signal is currently in effect as STS Dindo has no direct impact on the country at the moment. 

However, occasional rains due to the Southwest Monsoon will be experienced over Batanes and Babuyan Islands. 

Meanwhile, the Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, the whole of Central Luzon and the rest of Cagayan Valley will be cloudy with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorm also due to the southwest monsoon.

According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Chris Perez, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience generally improving weather condition apart from the isolated afternoon or evening rainshowers or thunderstorms.

The weather bureau is not expecting any tropical cyclone after STS Dindo in the next 24 hours or in the next two to three days, Perez said.

Meanwhile, a gale warning is in effect over the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboards of Central Luzon. 

Sea travel is risky over these areas due to rough to very rough seas with waves that may reach from 2.5 to 4.5 meters.

Those with small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures while venturing out over the other seaboards of Luzon due to moderate to rough seas with waves that could reach from 1.2 to 2.6 meters.

Thus, PAGASA advised the public and concerned local disaster risk reduction and management offices to monitor the agency’s weather advisory to take appropriate measures.

LPA, southwest monsoon to bring rains over PH — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines  — A low pressure area (LPA) is joining forces with southwest monsoon to bring monsoon rains over Metro Manila and major parts of the country.

At 3:00 AM Thursday (July 30), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) located the LPA at 50 km West of Iba, Zambales. 

Thus, monsoon rains will specifically affect Metro Manila and areas of Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA due to the LPA and the southwest monsoon. 

Meanwhile, cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms will be experienced in Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, SOCCSKSARGEN, Davao Region and the rest of Luzon due to similar causes.

The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to the effects of the southwest monsoon. 

Meanwhile, the Southwest Monsoon is affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Sea travel especially among those using small seacrafts may be risky thus the agency advised owners of small sea vessels to take precaution against potentially rough seas in thunderstorms when venturing out over the seaboards of Luzon and Western Visayas. 

The public is advised to continue monitoring updates through its website and take appropriate measures as weather conditions may cause serious flood and landslides. 

TD Carina forecast to weaken into LPA as it nears exit

Marje Pelayo   •   July 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression (TD) Carina is forecast to weaken into a low-pressure area (LPA) on Tuesday (July 14) afternoon or Wednesday morning (July 15). 

According to the latest update from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the weather system is seen to move towards the north direction while heading towards the Bashi Channel and the southern portion of Taiwan. 

As of 11:00AM on Tuesday, TD Carina was located at 155km west of Basco, Batanes. 

It is moving toward the northwest direction at 25 km/h packed with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of 55 km/h. 

PAGASA said tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 (TWCS) remains over Batanes which means isolated light to moderate rains with at times heavy rain showers will prevail today until tomorrow as well as in nearby areas, the Babuyan Islands and Ilocos Norte. 

Metro Manila and the rest of the country, meanwhile, will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers today and tomorrow due to localized thunderstorms. 

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