‘Liwayway’ further intensifies as it moves over Batanes

Robie de Guzman   •   September 3, 2019   •   1267

MANILA, Philippines – Severe Tropical Storm “Liwayway” continued to intensify on Tuesday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

In its 5 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said the tropical cyclone wind signal no. 1 is still up in Batanes as “Liwayway” continues to move over the Philippine sea east of the province.

Residents in the area were advised to take precautionary measures against potentially strong winds.

The storm was last spotted at 225 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, packing maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph.

PAGASA said “Liwayway” is moving north at the speed of 15 kph.

The storm will bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Batanes and Babuyan Islands.

The state weather bureau maintains the storm is not expected to make a landfall and is seen to exit the Philippine area of responsibility as a typhoon by Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon is seen to bring scattered light to moderate rains (with at times heavy rain showers during thunderstorms) over Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, northern portions of Palawan (incl. Calamian Islands), Mindoro Provinces, and rest of Cordillera Administrative Region.

Residents in the said areas are advised to take precautionary measures against possible floods and landslides.

PAGASA also warned that sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Luzon due to potentially rough sea conditions.

Tropical Storm Leon to bring heavy rains over parts of Luzon, may exit PAR on Thursday

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical depression Leon has developed into a tropical storm, according to the latest bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

As of 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday (September 16), TS Leon was located at 225 km west northwest of Coron, Palawan, packed with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h and is moving west northwest at 10 km/h.

TS Leon is expected to further strengthen and is forecast to reach severe tropical storm category within 24 hours and then develop into a typhoon within 48 hours, according to PAGASA.

The agency warned of moderate to heavy rains over the areas of Aurora, Rizal, Palawan (including Kalayaan, Calamian, and Cuyo Islands), Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, Western Visayas, and Negros Oriental due to combined impact of TS Leon and the Southwest Monsoon or Habagat.

As of 5:00 am today, no tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) is in effect as the agency lifted the wind signal previously raised over Calamian Island in Palawan. 

However, gusty winds may be experienced in the areas of Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Palawan (including Kalayaan, Calamian, and Cuyo Islands), Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, and Western Visayas.

Meanwhile, moderate to at times heavy rains are expected over Bicol Region, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, Metro Manila, Isabela, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and the rest of Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and Visayas.

PAGASA advised residents in affected areas to monitor against potential flooding and rain-induced landslides during times of heavy or prolonged rainfall.

Meanwhile, gale Warning is in effect over the western seaboard of Palawan (including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands) and Occidental Mindoro (including Lubang Island) due to rough to very rough seas with waves reaching up to 4.5 meters.

Sea travel is risky over these areas.

Tropical storm Leon expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday morning (September 17).

LPA posibleng maging bagyo bago lumabas ng bansa — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Isang low pressure area (LPA) na nasa silangang bahagi ng Visayas ang magpapaulan sa bansa ngayong linggong ito. 

Ayon sa Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), posible itong maging ganap na bagyo pagtawid sa Southern Luzon at bago lumabas ng Philippine area of responsibility (PAR). 

Sakaling maging ganap na bagyo ay tatawagin itong Bagyong ‘Leon’.

Batay sa huling tala ng ahensya ngayong 10:00 ng umaga ng Lunes (September 14), namataan ang sama ng panahon 320 kilometro ang layo sa Silangan ng Catarman, Northern Samar.

Ayon sa pagtaya ng PAGASA, dadaan ang LPA sa lugar ng Bicol at CALABARZON, MIMAROPA sa araw ng Martes (September 15) kung saan makararanas ng makulimlim at maulang panahon.

Gayunding panahon ang mararanasan sa malaking bahagi ng Visayas at Mindanao bunsod ng magkahalong epekto ng LPA at paglakas ng hanging Habagat.

Sa araw ng Miyerkoles (September 16) ay inaasahang makararating ang LPA sa West Philippine Sea kung saan tatas ang tsansa nitong maging bagyo. 

Magiging maulan sa buong bansa at pinakamalakas na mararanasang pagulan ay sa kanlurang bahagi dahil pa rin sa Habagat. 

Pinag-iingat ang publiko sa posibleng pagbaha at landslide. 

Sa araw ng Huwebes (September 17) ay inaasahang magiging ganap na bagyo na ang sama ng panahon subalit ito rin ang araw na inaasahang lalabas ito ng PAR.

Makakaasa naman ng paminsan-minsang pag-ulan sa Metro Manila at kanlurang bahagi ng Cental Luzon, Southern Luzon at Visayas sa araw na ito dahil sa epekto ng Habagat.

PAGASA: Scattered rains to affect parts of Luzon as Typhoon Julian moves to exit PAR

Marje Pelayo   •   August 31, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Julian is gaining strength as it moves northward over the Philippine sea, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

At 10:00 PM Monday, the eye of Typhoon Julian was located at 715 km East of Basco, Batanes.

It is moving northward at 20 km/h with a maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 185 km/h,

It will remain far from the landmass and is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) tonight (August 31) or Tuesday (September 1).

Typhoon Julian is seen to intensify further within the next 24 to 48 hours and may reach peak intensity within the day or on Tuesday.

PAGASA has not raised any tropical cyclone wind signal anywhere in the country as it is unlikely throughout the forecast period. 

However, the southwest monsoon and the outer rainbands of ‘Julian’ will bring light to moderate, with at times, heavy rains over the following areas:

  • Ilocos Region
  • Cordillera Administrative Region
  • Batanes
  • Babuyan Islands
  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • Aurora
  • Zambales
  • Bataan
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Northern Palawan including Calamian Islands

Likewise, the combined effects of the tropical cyclone and the Southwest monsoon will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

Meanwhile, areas in the Visayas and Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to the impact of the monsoon rains and localized thunderstorms.

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