At least 8 dead, 1 missing after TD Vicky onslaught—NDRRMC

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 21, 2020   •   398

MANILA, Philippines — Eight people were killed and one went missing in the onslaught of Tropical Depression Vicky in Visayas and Mindanao during the weekend, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) confirmed Monday (December 21).

Based on the report of the NDRRMC as of December 21 at 8:00 a.m., two casualties were reported from Region 8.

In CARAGA , five people were reported killed, two were injured and one is still missing. Region 11 logged one casualty.

A total of 8,924 families or 36,030 individuals in Regions VII, VIII, IX. and CARAGA were affected by TD Vicky. Around 3,800 families or 15,800 individuals are currently staying in evacuation centers.

Meanwhile, a total of 12 road sections and five bridges in Region VIII, IX, and CARAGA were damaged by flooding, landslide, and soil collapse due to heavy rains. Several areas in the regions also experiencing power interruption.

The NDRRMC said they will continue to monitor areas affected by the tropical depression. AAC

‘Surigae’ may intensify into severe tropical storm within the next 24 hours

Marje Pelayo   •   April 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The tropical storm east of Mindanao (international name “Surigae”) has slightly intensified while almost stationary, according to the latest data from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Based on PAGASA’s forecast track, the weather system is expected to move generally north-northwestward or northward while slightly slowing down though tomorrow morning (15 April).

It is seen to turn west-northwestward and gradually accelerate prior to its expected entrance to the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday (16 April).

PAGASA added that “Surigae” may intensify into a severe tropical storm in the next 24 hours.

It is forecast to continuously intensify throughout the forecast period and may reach typhoon category by Friday.

Once inside PAR, the weather system will be named “Bising,” the second tropical cyclone in the Philippines this year.

“Surigae” remains less likely to directly affect the country over the next three days though PAGASA advises the public and disaster risk reduction and management offices to continuously monitor for updates on this tropical cyclone through the agency’s official website.

PAGASA monitors tropical depression east of Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The tropical depression east of Mindanao has slightly accelerated while maintaining its strength according to the latest monitoring of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

On Tuesday, April 13, the weather system was located at 1,475 km east of Mindanao, still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

On the forecast track, the tropical depression is seen to move northward or northwestward until Wednesday, April 14, before slowing down to almost stationary status.

Afterwards, it is forecast to accelerate west-northwestward and enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday or Saturday.

Once inside PAR, it will be named “Bising” as the second tropical cyclone to enter the Philippines this year.

This tropical cyclone is forecast to intensify into a tropical storm in the next 24 hours.

Isolated rains to prevail over Metro Manila, rest of the country Friday

Marje Pelayo   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Generally, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers on Friday (April 9) according to the state weather bureau PAGASA.

This is due to the effects of localized thunderstorms which can be severe and may cause flash floods and landslides.

Meanwhile, the northeasterly surface windflow is affecting northern Luzon and gives partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains over Cagayan Valley, Ilocos Region, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

However, the weather system has no significant impact.

This year, the country experienced its first tropical cyclone mid of February named Tropical Depression Auring.

Throughout the year, the country is expecting 20 to 22 cyclones which usually arrives from June to October.

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