‘Hanna’ now a severe tropical storm — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   August 6, 2019   •   1418

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm ‘Hanna’ developed into a severe tropical storm (STS) based on the latest weather bulletin of the state weather service PAGASA.

As of 10:00 a.m. Tuesday (August 6), the center of the storm was observed at 795 km East of Calayan, Cagayan with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 115 kph. It is moving almost stationary.

Though STS Hanna is less likely to make landfall on any part of the country, it will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat) which will bring rains to most part of Luzon and Visayas.

According to PAGASA, moderate to heavy monsoon rains will be prevail over Western Visayas, northern portions of Palawan (including Calamian and Cuyo Islands), Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Cavite, Batangas, and Laguna throughout the day until tomorrow (August 7).

Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will be experienced over Metro Manila, Central Visayas, and the rest of Luzon.

Meanwhile, as of 10:00 a.m. the tropical depression outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) which PAGASA is monitoring has been located at 2,245 km East of Northern Luzon.

It is packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph as it moves northwest at 20 kph.

It is less likely to enter the PAR, according to PAGASA.

Another low pressure area (LPA) is brewing 365 km West of Iba, Zambales but PAGASA said, it is less likely to develop into a tropical depression.

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.

PAGASA warns public vs scammers using agency’s name to solicit money

Robie de Guzman   •   March 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Tuesday warned the public against unscrupulous individuals posing as officials of the agency to extort money from their victims.

PAGASA said it issued the warning after receiving a report that an email had been sent to a contractor by someone pretending to be a PAGASA official to solicit donations to a certain foundation.

“We do not tolerate and detest that misrepresentation,” the state weather agency said in an advisory.

“Please be advised that no individuals or organization are authorized to use the name of PAGASA, its officials, and employees for a favor,” it added.

The agency urged the public to immediately report to authorities if they received any similar messages or calls seeking solicitation using its name.

PAGASA Public Information Unit may be reached via telephone number (02) 8284-0800 local 102 to 103 or send an email at information@pagasa.dost.gov.ph.

PAGASA lifts tropical cyclone wind signal as ‘Auring’ weakens into LPA

Marje Pelayo   •   February 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA has downgraded the weather system formerly known as Tropical Depression ‘Auring’ into a low pressure area (LPA) after it weakened at 11:00 AM Monday (February 22) prior to crossing the Rapu-Rapu Islands, Albay.

The weather bureau forecast the LPA to move northwestward to westward and may traverse Bicol Region, southern Quezon, Marinduque, and northern Mindoro in the next 24 hours. 

There is an increasing likelihood of the disturbance dissipating while traversing Southern Luzon.

Still, moderate to heavy with at times intense rains prevail over Bicol Region, Quezon, Marinduque, and Romblon throughout the day.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains is still being experienced over Aurora, Rizal, Laguna, Northern Samar, and the rest of MIMAROPA.

Though Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1 is now lifted, the northeast monsoon will continue to bring strong breeze conditions over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Aurora, and Quezon.

As of 3:00 PM today, the LPA (formerly Tropical Depression “Auring”) was estimated West Southwest of Legazpi City, Albay. northeast monsoon affecting Northern Luzon.

With this development and unless re-intensification occurs, PAGASA said this will be the final weather bulletin for this weather disturbance. 

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