‘Ineng’ intensifies into severe tropical storm

Marje Pelayo   •   August 23, 2019   •   392

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm Ineng (international name Bailu) has strengthened into a severe tropical storm on Friday (August 23), according to the latest bulletin of state weather service PAGASA.

As of 4:00 AM today. the center of STS Ineng was located at 580 km East of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan and is moving North Northwest at 20 kph, packed with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 115 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 2 is now raised over Batanes which means winds of up to 61 kph to 120 kph are expected in the province in at least 24 hours.

Meanwhile, TWCS Signal No. 1 is still up in six areas namely Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands; Isabela; Apayao; Kalinga; northern part of Abra; and Ilocos Norte which means winds of up to 30 kph to 60 kph.

On Friday, moderate to heavy rains may be experienced in the following areas:

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan (including Babuyan Group of Islands)
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Apayao

Meanwhile, light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains may prevail over the following:

  • Metro Manila
  • Central Luzon
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Mindoro provinces
  • northern portions of Palawan (including Calamian and Cuyo Islands)
  • The rest of Ilocos Region
  • Cordillera Administrative Region
  • Cagayan Valley

According to PAGASA, STS ‘Ineng’ is expected to maintain its strength while it remains inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) but it is unlikely to develop into a typhoon.

Likewise, the storm is less likely to make landfall in any part of the country while it is expected to exit PAR between Saturday (24 August) late evening and Sunday (25 August) early morning.

PAGASA clarifies ‘Haze Bulletin’ issued from unofficial social media account

UNTV News   •   September 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — State weather service PAGASA clarified alleged ‘haze bulletin’ circulating over social media.

In its official social media page, DOST-PAGASA stressed it has not issued any haze bulletin.

PAGASA said the alleged haze bulletin was posted on “Dost_PAGASA Visayas” Facebook page which the agency did not claim as among its official accounts.

All PAGASA products from its central and regional offices are posted on the following official social media accounts:

Website: bagong.pagasa.dost.gov.ph
Facebook: Dost_pagasa
Twitter: @dost_pagasa
Youtube: DOST-PAGASA WEATHER REPORT

“The public is advised to remain vigilant against unofficial information coming from unverified sources,” the agency said.

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TS Nimfa no direct effect on PH, to leave PAR on Saturday

UNTV News   •   September 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical storm Nimfa has no direct effect on the Philippines, according to the state weather bureau PAGASA.

As of 4:00 Friday (September 20), the weather system was located at 58km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes, packed with maximum sustained winds of 75kph and gustiness of 90kph.

It is moving westward at a speed of 25kph.

TS Nimfa is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday morning (September 21), PAGASA said.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon is currently affecting Central and Southern Luzon.

According to PAGASA’s forecast, monsoon rains will prevail over CALABARZON and the provinces of Mindoro, Marindique and Romblon.

Occasional rains will affect Metro Manila and Central Luzon while scattered rainshowers will prevail over the rest of Luzon.

Also, isolated rains will drench areas in Visayas and Mindanao throughout the day.

Meanwhile, PAGASA advised that sea travel is risky along the sea boards of Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, La Union, Pangasinan, Aurora, Zambales, Bataan and Queozon including Polilio Island due to high waves.

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Southwest monsoon to bring cloudy skies with intermittent rains over Luzon, Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical depression ‘Nimfa’ maintains strength while moving almost stationary, according to state weather service PAGASA.

At 3:00 AM on Wednesday (September 18), the center of the weather system was located at 670 km East of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

Meanwhile, PAGASA is also monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) which was observed in the vicinity San Jose, Tarlac.

According to PAGASA, monsoon rains ranging from frequent light to moderate with occasional heavy rain showers will prevail over Central Luzon, Batangas, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro, and northern portions of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands throughout Wednesday due to the combined effects of the southwest monsoon (habagat) and the LPA.

Likewise, habagat will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, CALABARZON and the rest of MIMAROPA.

The trough of the tropical depression will also bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region.

Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will be experienced in Mindanao and the rest of Visayas due to localized thunderstorms.

 Residents of the aforementioned areas are advised to take precautionary measures for possible flashfloods and landslides.

Sea travels is discouraged especially for small sea vessels over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon due to potentially rough to very rough sea conditions.

Meanwhile, most of the other seaboards of the country will remain moderate to rough.

As of this writing, there is no Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) raised in any parts of the country, according to PAGASA.

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