PAGASA: Don’t take a bath during thunderstorms

Marje Pelayo   •   June 24, 2019   •   3503

MANILA, Philippines – It’s rainy season, and thunderstorms are inevitable.

Thus, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) advises the public to refrain from going outdoor to avoid the hazards of thunderstorms especially the unpredictable lightning strikes.

According to PAGASA Weather Specialist Vivien Esquivel, lightning adds nitrogen to the soil which transforms into plant-usable mineral responsible for the green in plants.

However, this positive effect on the ground works differently when lightning strikes on the human body.

Recently, two boys from Barangay Patag Ilaya in the town of Sta. Elena died from a lightning strike.

According to reports, cousins Jimboy Magsino Lora and Jericho Compra Lora asked permission to go outside to look for a signal for their mobile phones.

The teenagers sat near a tree to play mobile games but lightning struck the tree and burned them. Even their mobile phones were destroyed due to the lightning strike.

According to Esquivel, lightning strikes at random.

“Minsan, nakikita nating umiilaw lang sa ulap. Ang tinatawag natin doon ay ‘cloud-to-cloud’ lightning. Mayroon naman tayong tinatawag na cloud to ground lightning. Iyon ang tumatama sa atin. Tumatama sa ground or anumang bagay na at random,” she explained.

(We see flash of lights up in the clouds. That’s what we call ‘cloud-to-cloud’ lightning. Also, there is what we call ‘cloud-to-ground’ lightning that which strikes humans, or the ground or just anything at random.)

“Kahit na nasa baba ka, kung talagang tatamaan ka ng kidlat ay matatamaan ka talaga kasi lightning strikes anywhere,” she added.

(Even if you’re on the ground, if lightning strikes you, that’s inevitable because lightning strikes anywhere.)

For this reason, PAGASA advises the public to take note of important measures to avoid the dangers of lightning strikes.

When outdoor:

  • Stay away from an open field and find an enclosed shelter immediately.
  • Remove all metal accessories from the body such as jewelry or watch.
  • Refrain from using your cellphone and do not attempt to look for signals.
  • When driving a car, pull over and sit straight. Do not touch anything metal inside the car like keys or metal handle.
  • If in case there is no safe place outdoors, do the ‘lightning safety crouch’. Position your feet next to each other, with the heels touching. Try to rest on the balls of your feet so you minimize the surface of the ground you’re touching.
  • Close your eyes and cover your ears.

When indoor:

  • Do not use corded telephone line or cellphones even inside the house. Cellphones may be used for emergency situations but refrain from doing so if possible.
  • Unplug all appliance and turn off all gadgets. Do not leave them on standby mode.
  • Avoid taking a bath or using the shower.
  • Avoid using taps or washing the dishes.

“Stay away from anything that are good conductor of electricity kapag may lightning activity lalo na kung frequent ang lightning strikes within your area (when there is lightning activity especially if lightning strikes are frequent in your area),” noted PAGASA Weather Forecaster Chris Perez.

“Huwag kayong pakatiwala na hindi overhead ang thunderstorm ay hindi na kayo tatamaan kasi nagta-travel po ang lightning (Do not be complacent. Thunderstorms may not be overhead but it doesn’t mean it wouldn’t strike you. (Note that) lightning travels), ” warned Esquivel.

“So kahit 9 kilometers or 10 kilometers ang thunderstorm, huwag kayong magstay sa labas (So even if the distance of a thunderstorm is about 9km to 10 km away from you, do not stay outdoor). Make yourself the smallest target, ” she concluded. (with inputs from Harlene Delgado)

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.

Monsoon rains to prevail over parts of Luzon, Visayas as PAGASA monitors two LPAs

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA is monitoring two low pressure areas (LPAs) inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) while the southwest monsoon is affecting parts of Luzon and Visayas.

According to PAGASA’s 4:00 AM bulletin, the LPA was observed at 715km East of Basco, Batanes while another LPA was located at 130km West Southwest of Iba, Zambales.

For Tuesday (September 17), PAGASA said monsoon rains will prevail over Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Palawan, and Mindoro Provinces.

Flashfloods in low lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas are highly possible thus residents are advised to take precautionary measures.

Meanwhile, cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms will be experienced in Bicol Region, Western Visayas, and the rest of Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA also due to the effects of the southwest monsoon.

The trough of the LPA will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region.

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

Monsoon rains affect parts of Luzon, Visayas as PAGASA monitors new LPA outside PAR

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The southwest monsoon or habagat will affect parts of Luzon and Visayas on Monday (September 16), according to the state weather service PAGASA.

As of 4:00 a.m. today, PAGASA forecasted cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and Western Visayas.

Likewise, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms will affect rest of the country.

Meanwhile, an active tropical cyclone is being monitored by PAGASA outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

It is located at 2,565km east of Northern Luzon, packed with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h and gustiness of up to 99 km/h. It is moving northwest at 30 km/p.

However, the weather system is unlikely to enter PAR, according to PAGASA.

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