LPA to bring rains over parts of Luzon, Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   August 1, 2019   •   1223

MANILA, Philippines – A low pressure area (LPA) spotted about 460 km East of Virac, Catanduanes is expected to bring rains over Luzon and Visayas, according to the state weather service PAGASA on Thursday (August 1).

Based on the 3:00 A.M. forecast, cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms will prevail over Pangasinan, Zambales and Bataan due to the southwest monsoon or habagat.

Meanwhile, the trough of the LPA will bring scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Davao Regions.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, however, will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms especially in the afternoon.

Metro Manila may ease to GCQ after August 18 – Lorenzana

Robie de Guzman   •   August 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who also serves as the chairman of the National Task Force on COVID-19, on Monday expressed confidence that the National Capital Region (NCR) will be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) after August 18.

Lorenzana said that recent data on COVID-19 cases show that Metro Manila is ready to loosen its coronavirus lockdown after its two-week return to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) restriction.

He said the trend is “going down” after the Department of Health reported around 3,000 additional cases on Sunday.

Lorenzana said this number is lower compared to the 6,000 increase in recent days.

Metro Manila, as well as Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite and Rizal were placed under MECQ until August 18 after medical workers appealed for a “timeout” amid rising COVID-19 cases.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año also expressed optimism that the re-imposition of a stricter quarantine measure, coupled with the observance of health protocols, will slow down the transmission of coronavirus disease in the country

“Titingnan natin yung figures pero ako, I am optimistic na with the 15 days MECQ, bababa yan. Ang kailangan lang ay sumunod. Huwag na tayong maging pasaway, stay at home,” he said.

He also reiterated his appeal to the public to be responsible and strictly follow advise to only leave their homes for essential needs.

“With 15 days staying at home marami tayong virus diyan na mapapatay kasi incubation period or 14 days talaga namang mamamatay yung virus. Bago pa makalipat sa ibang tao mamatay na yung virus. So please do your partnering,” he said.  – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Signal #1 up in some parts of Luzon as TD Ferdie moves to exit — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   August 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Depression (TD) ‘Ferdie’ continues to enhance the Southwest monsoon as it moves to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Monday morning (August 10).

According to the latest forecast from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA),  the combined effects of TD Ferdie and the enhanced Southwest Monsoon will bring strong breeze-force to near gale-force winds over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA, especially in areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1. 

Gusty conditions are more likely in coastal and mountainous regions of these areas

Residents in affected areas are advised to take precautions against flooding and rain-induced landslides during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards. 

Meanwhile, PAGASA already lifted TCWS#1 for La Union, western portion of Pangasinan, northern portion of Zambales, and several municipalities of Ilocos Sur.

However, TCWS#1 remains for Western portion of Ilocos Norte and the western portion of Ilocos Sur.

PAGASA warned that sea travel is risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS #1 due to rough to very rough seas with waves expected to reach 4 meters in height.

Also, gale Warning is in effect over the seaboards of Zambales, Bataan, western coast of Batangas, western coast of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Calamian Islands, Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, and Isabela.

Thus, sea travel is risky over these areas due to rough to very rough seas.

Those with small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures while venturing out over the seaboards of Visayas and the rest of Luzon due to moderate to rough seas.

LPA East of Aurora province now Tropical Cyclone ‘Enteng’

Marje Pelayo   •   August 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Low Pressure Area (LPA) in the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) has developed into a tropical cyclone ‘Enteng’.

Based on the monitoring of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Enteng’s cyclone depression was estimated at 445km East of Casiguran, Aurora  as of 4:00 AM Saturday (August 8).

TC Enteng is moving towards the north direction at 10 km/h packed with maximum sustained winds of 45km/h and gustiness of up to 55km/h.

The state weather agency noted, however, that it does not expect the weather system to make a landfall in any part of the country.

No tropical cyclone wind signal is raised but ‘Enteng’ will bring scattered light to heavy rains over areas in Bicol and Eastern Visayas.

The cyclone will also enhance the Southwest Monsoon and will bring rains over Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, and occasional rains over Pangasinan and the rest of Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Marinduque, Rizal,  and the rest of Visayas.

Flooding and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.

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