LPA to bring rains over parts of Luzon, Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   August 1, 2019   •   933

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.

‘Sarah’ weakens as it nears exit — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   November 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Severe tropical storm ‘Sarah’ is no longer expected to bring significant rains over the country, according to PAGASA.

Thus, the state weather service has lifted all tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) though gusts brought about by the weather system will continue to be experienced today Friday (November 22) over Batanes and Babuyan Islands due to the surge of the Northeast Monsoon.

However, PAGASA said, this condition is forecast to gradually weaken throughout the day.

Nevertheless, sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon (Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Provinces and Isabela) due to prevailing rough sea conditions caused by the Northeast Monsoon.

‘Sarah’ is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between tonight and tomorrow (November 23) morning.

PAGASA’s forecast sees ‘Sarah’ gradually weakening as it moves towards the East China Sea in the next two days.

‘Ramon’ weakens into LPA; Tropical Storm ‘Sarah’ maintains strength — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical depression ‘Ramon’ weakened into a low-pressure area (LPA) at 2:00 PM today (November 20), according to state weather service PAGASA’s latest bulletin.

Thus, PAGASA has lifted all Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals (TCWS) in areas affected by the LPA.

However, PAGASA said, strong to gale force winds will still prevail over Batanes and the Babuyan Islands while occasional gusty conditions may be experienced over the rest of Northern Luzon due to the surge of northeast monsoon.

As of 4:00 PM today, the LPA was located within the vicinity of Carranglan, Nueva Ecija.

Meanwhile, Signal No.1 has been lifted over the northeastern portion of Isabela and the southeastern portion of Cagayan due to tropical storm Sarah.

However, Wind Signal No. 1 remains over Batanes, the northeastern portion of Cagayan (Gattaran, Lal-lo, Buguey, Gonzaga, Sta. Ana, Calayan) including the Babuyan Islands due to the storm.

As of 4:00 PM, the center of the TS Sarah was located at 540 km East of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, packed with sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

PAGASA said the storm slightly accelerates as it moves towards north-northwest direction at 30 kph.

PAGASA said light to moderate with occasional heavy rains will still be experienced this evening over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Apayao, and the northern portion of Ilocos Norte.

Likewise, light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains will affect the areas of Ilocos Sur, Abra, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Isabela, La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya and the rest of Ilocos Norte.

Risk of landslides and flashfloods still remains in the said areas thus, residents are advised to take appropriate actions and monitor updates from PAGASA for the movement of the weather disturbances.

Meanwhile, PAGASA advised that sea travel remains risky, especially for small sea crafts, over the seaboards of areas under the TCWS, seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon and the western seaboard of Southern Luzon due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions caused by tropical storm Sarah and the Northeast Monsoon.

Tropical cyclones ‘Ramon’ and ‘Sarah’ barrel through parts of Cagayan

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ramon has weakened into a tropical storm after making landfall on Tuesday evening (November 19), state weather service PAGASA said.

Based on the agency’s latest bulletin, ‘Ramon’ was located in the vicinity of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph and gustiness of up to 140 kph while moving Southwest at 15 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 remains over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur where stormy weather prevails.

Signal No. 1, meanwhile, prevails over Northern portion of Isabela, Mountain Province, Benguet, Ifugao, La Union, and Pangasinan where occasional rains with gusty winds is being experienced.

Tropical storm ‘Ramon’ is forecast to weaken into a low pressure area (LPA) within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, areas in Cagayan under Signal No.1 for tropical depression ‘Sarah’ remains under Signal No. 2 for tropical storm ‘Ramon’ due to the prevailing strong winds.

Based on PAGASA’s 8:00 AM bulletin, TD Sarah was located at 510 km East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 750 km East of Infanta, Quezon, packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and gustiness of up to 70 kph while moving northwest at 25 kph.

TD Sarah, meanwhile, is forecast to intensify into a tropical storm within 12 hours.

Residents in areas affected by TCWS are advised to take appropriate actions and coordinate with disaster authorities for updates and assistance in case of emergency, especially those living in low-lying areas, coastal towns and areas susceptible to flashfloods and landslides.

Sea travel remains risky especially for small sea vessels over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, as well as the seaboards of southern Isabela, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes, the western seaboards of Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro and Palawan, and the northern seaboard of Camarines Sur due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions caused by the effects of the tropical storm Ramon, tropical depression Sarah and the Northeast Monsoon.

In Metro Manila and the rest of the country, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will be experienced due to localized thunderstorms.

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