Damage to agriculture due to TS ‘Falcon’, monsoon rains hit P4-M

Marje Pelayo   •   July 18, 2019   •   555

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MANILA, Philippines — Tropical storm ‘Falcon’ accompanied by the strength of the southwest monsoon has so far left P4.15-M worth of damage to the country’s agriculture.

This is based on the initial reports received by the Department of Agriculture (DA) from local offices in the strom-affected areas.

The amount translates to more than six hectares of farmland and 433 affected farmers specifically in San Enrique, Negros Occidental.

Data source was DA’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center. — with reports from Rey Pelayo

Signal #1 hoisted over 7 areas in Luzon due to TS ‘Ineng’

Marje Pelayo   •   August 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Storm ‘Ineng’ slightly intensifies while it moves toward extreme Northern Luzon, according to the state weather service PAGASA.

As of 10:00 AM on Thursday (August 22), tropical storm Ineng was observed at 725 km East of Casiguran, Aurora, packed with maximum sustained winds of 75 km per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 km per hour.

The weather agency, meanwhile, raised tropical cyclone wind signal no. 1 over six areas in Luzon where moderate to occasionally heavy rains will be experienced:

  1. Batanes
  2. Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands
  3. Isabela
  4. Apayao
  5. Kalinga
  6. Northern Abra
  7. Ilocos Norte

The abovementioned areas will experience winds of 30kph to 60kph in at least 36 hours.

According to PAGASA, moderate to occasionally heavy rains will affect Bicol Region, Northern Samar, and Quezon Province throughout the day.

The Southwest Monsoon, (habagat), meanwhile, will bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains in areas of Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro Provinces, northern Palawan (including Calamian and Cuyo Islands), Antique and Aklan.

The weather agency announced also sea travel is risky over the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao due to potentially rough sea conditions.

PAGASA said tropical storm Ineng is still less likely to make landfall in any part of the country but it is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon thus rainy weekend can be expected in Luzon.

Monsoon rains to prevail as Typhoon Hanna exits PAR

Marje Pelayo   •   August 9, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA announced that Typhoon Hanna (international name Lekima) has exited the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) at 12:30 AM on Friday (August 8).

However, PAGASA said moderate to heavy monsoon rains will still prevail over the areas of Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro and northern portions of Palawan (including Calamian Islands) due to the effects of the southwest monsoon or habagat.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila, Western Visayas, and the rest of CALABARZON, Central Luzon, and MIMAROPA will experience light to moderate with intermittent heavy monsoon rains throughout the day.

As of 4:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon Hanna was observed at 645 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes outside PAR. It is moving north northwest at 20 kph packed with maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TWCS) has been lifted over Batanes however, gusty conditions will continue over most of Luzon and Visayas due to the enhanced habagat.

Thus, sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas and the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao due to potentially rough seas.

Meanwhile, PAGASA estimated the location of Typhoon Krosa at 1,990 km east of extreme northern Luzon.

It is moving slowly towards the east direction and is not expected to enter the PAR.

Typhoon Hanna gains strength as it nears exit on Friday

Marje Pelayo   •   August 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Hanna continues to intensify as it moves towards Japan, according to the latest forecast from state weather service PAGASA.

As of 4:00 AM on Thursday (August 8), the eye of Typhoon Hanna was located at 485 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes, packed with maximum sustained winds of 175 kph and is moving northwest at 15 kph towards the southern part of Ryukyu islands in Japan.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TWCS) #1 remains over Batanes and Babuyan group of islands where light to moderate rains with at times heavy rains and gusty winds will be experienced throughout the day brought about by the enhanced southwest monsoon or habagat.

Likewise, moderate to heavy monsoon rains may affect MIMAROPA, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, and Batangas.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may prevail over Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas.

PAGASA warned that sea travel is not advised over the seaboards of Batanes, the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas, and the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao due to potentially rough sea conditions.

The weather agency said Typhoon Hanna is less likely to make landfall on any part of the country but will continue to intensify as it nears exiting the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) expectedly Friday morning.

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