‘Hanna’ now a severe tropical storm — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   August 6, 2019   •   1338

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.

New LPA spotted east of Southern Luzon — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   January 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The low pressure area (LPA) northeast of Romblon, dissipated at 8:00 AM on Wednesday (January 20), the state weather bureau PAGASA reported.

However, another LPA was seen to have developed east of Southern Luzon at 8:00 AM and at 10:00 AM today, specifically located 250 km East of Virac, Catanduanes. 

PAGASA said the LPA is less likely to develop into a tropical depression in the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the tail-end of a frontal system is affecting the eastern section of Central Luzon. 

In the next 24 hours, the combined effects of the LPA and tail-end of a frontal system will bring moderate to heavy rains with at times intense rains over Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, and the eastern portion of Cagayan. 

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Cordillera Administrative Region, CALABARZON, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Camarines Norte, and the rest of Cagayan Valley. 

This weather condition may cause flooding including flashfloods and rain-induced landslides during heavy or prolonged periods of rainfall, especially in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.

Localities that received significant amounts of rainfall during the past couple of days or weeks also face similar hazards. 

Meanwhile, adjacent or nearby areas may also experience flooding in the absence of such rainfall occurrence due to surface runoff or swelling of river channels. 

Residents in the area are advised to take precautionary measures and monitor further updates about the weather disturbance from PAGASA.

Meanwhile, cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon also due to the effects of the LPA and the Tail-end of the Frontal System.

Similar weather conditions will be experienced in Central and Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Caraga due to the LPA while the rest of the country will have partly  cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.

Parts of Zamboanga City, Jolo town flooded due to heavy rains

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Heavy rains due to a low pressure area (LPA) spotted in the vicinity of Western Mindanao have resulted in flooding in parts of Zamboanga City and Jolo town proper in Sulu.

Floodwater due to rains that poured overnight since Sunday until before dawn on Monday affected many residents in Barangays Talisayan, Patalon, and Ayala.

Local authorities said the floodwaters reached knee-deep in some areas in the city and affected around 200 families. High-value crops and rice fields in the said areas were also affected.

The City’s Emergency Response Teams have been deployed to monitor the situation, and to evacuate, when necessary, residents in coastal barangays amid the weather disturbance.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported it has assisted in the evacuation of residents in Jolo, Sulu affected by the flooding in Barangays Asturias, Tulay, Hadju Butu, Chinese Pier, Serrantes, Takut-Takut, and Alat.

Photos posted by the PCG on its Facebook page show knee-deep floods and residents wading on water holding onto ropes held by rescuers.

No casualties were reported.

The state weather agency on Monday said the LPA was estimated at 90 kilometers southeast of Zamboanga City, embedded along the intertropical convergence zone.

The weather bureau warned that the combined effects of the weather disturbance will bring moderate to heavy rains in some parts of Mindanao and may cause flashfloods and landslides in areas prone to these hazards. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Val Villaflor)

LPA south of Zamboanga del Sur less likely to develop into tropical depression — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A low pressure area (LPA) located South of Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur is less likely to develop into a tropical depression, according to PAGASA.

In its latest advisory, the state weather bureau said the effects of the tail-end of frontal system (shear line) will be affecting the Visayas region, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, Sorsogon, and Masbate.

Residents in the said areas will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms that may trigger flash floods due to moderate to heavy rains.

Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon is currently prevailing in most parts of Luzon including Cagayan Valley, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Aurora, Quezon, and rest of Bicol Region. 

Cloudy skies with light rains will prevail in these areas.

Similar weather system prevails in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon which may bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains throughout the day.

Meanwhile, the Davao Region and SOCCSKSARGEN will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to the effects of localized thunderstorms.

Residents are advised to brace for potential flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms.

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