Pagasa hoists signal no. 2 as “Falcon” intensifies into tropical storm

Robie de Guzman   •   July 16, 2019   •   1491

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Falcon has intensified into a tropical storm, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Tuesday.

In its weather bulletin issued at 5 p.m., Pagasa said the storm was last spotted at 335 kilometers east southeast of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

“Falcon” is moving west at the speed of 30 kilometers per hour (kph) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph, the state weather bureau said.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 2 has been raised over Northeastern part of Cagayan, including Babuyan group of islands, while signal no. 1 is up in Batanes, rest of Cagayan, northern portion of Ilocos Norte, northern portion of Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Isabela, eastern portion of Mountain Province and the eastern portion of Ifugao.

Signal no. 1 may also be raised over the northern portions of Aurora, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya and the rest of Abra, Mt. Province and Ifugao.

Pagasa expects moderate to heavy rains over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Zambales, Occidental Mindoro, northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo islands, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo and Guimaras.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Bicol Region, and the rest of Visayas, Central Luzon, and MIMAROPA.

Between Wednesday and Thursday (July 18) afternoon, Pagasa said moderate to heavy rains may prevail over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Cagayan Valley.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may prevail over the Metro Manila, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA.

The state weather bureau advises residents in the said regions, especially in flooding and landslide-prone areas, to take precautionary measures.

Sea travel is also risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS alerts and the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon and Visayas.

Falcon is expected to closely approach or make landfall over Babuyan-Batanes Islands area Wednesday evening, and may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday (19 July).

Trough of TD Ineng drenches most of PH

Marje Pelayo   •   August 21, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The trough or extension of Tropical Depression Ineng is currently affecting most parts of the Philippines on Wednesday (August 21), according to the state weather service PAGASA.

As of 4:00 AM today, TD Ineng is located at 975 km. east of Virac, Catanduanes or 1,245 km. East of Infanta, Quezon, packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.

It is moving towards the North direction at 10 km/h.

Ineng’s trough is brining cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Visayas, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and Davao Region.

Meanwhile, the Southwest Monsoon will prevail over extreme Northern Luzon particularly in Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands.

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

According to PAGASA, TD Ineng is unlikely to make landfall in any part of the country but it is expected to intensify into a tropical storm within the next 12 to 24 hours.

PAGASA declares end of El Niño

Marje Pelayo   •   August 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA has declared the end of weak El Niño which has started in the last quarter of 2018.

This means that the temperature in the Pacific Ocean has returned to normal and will remain so until the end of 2019.

During the past three to five months, areas of Oriental Mindoro and Sultan Kudarat experienced less rainfall.

But this August, PAGASA expects normal rainfall level in areas of Calabarzon, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Metro Manila, most parts of Eastern Visayas, and the provinces of Nueva Viscaya, Quirino, Bataan, Aurora, Agusan Del Norte, and Surigao Del Norte.

The El Niño has incurred P7.963-B worth of damage in agriculture across the country, according to data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in JUNE 27, 2019.

This is apart from other problems such as the water crisis that hit Metro Manila when the level of water reserve in Angat Dam dipped below the minimum operating level of 180 meters.

For now, the dam’s supply is gradually recovering as it hit 177.12 meters at 6:00 a.m. today (August 16).

With this development, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) may soon increase water allocation in Metro Manila to 40 cubic meters per second from the current 36 cubic meters per second, according to the agency’s Executive Director Sevillo David. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Angat Dam water level improves at 176.72 meters

Marje Pelayo   •   August 15, 2019

Angat Dam

MANILA, Philippines – The water level in Angat Dam has improved, according to the latest record from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

As of 6:00 AM Thursday (August 15), The water level in Angat Dam was at 176.72 meters, a 0.43-meter increase from 176.29 meters recorded on Wednesday (August 14).

Days of continuous rainshowers brought about by monsoon rains somehow replenished Angat Dam’s water reserve.

However, its water level remains below the dam’s minimum normal operating level of 180 meters.

Angat Dam is the main source of water supply for Metro Manila.

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