Rains may cause mudflow in areas affected by Taal’s volcanic activity

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2020   •   1263

A boy’s muddy feet is seen during an evacuation after a volcano eruption in Talisay, Batangas, Philippines, 13 January 2020. Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate as authorities in the Philippines raised the alert due to the increased activity of the Taal volcano, located in an island near Manila. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level from 1 to 3 and then 4 – on a scale of 5, after an increase in the activity of the crater resulted in an eruption spewing steam and ash up to one-kilometer high. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO

MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA is monitoring a Low Pressure Area (LPA) in the eastern part of Mindanao.

Based on PAGASA’s 4:00 AM update Monday (January 13), the LPA was spotted at 735 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, parts of Northern Luzon are currently experiencing the effects of the tail end of a cold front which brings cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms in areas in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region,and Aurora.

Possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains

Also, cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms will prevail over Caraga and Eastern Visayas as a result of the impact of the trough of the LPA.

This condition may cause possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, volcanic activity is currently affecting the provinces of Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna.

Hence, cloudy skies with isolated rains and thunderstorms may possibly reduced visibility and cause mudflow during ash fall and light to moderate rains.

Residents in the affected areas are advised to take extra caution and heed warnings from authorities.

In Ilocos Region, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains caused by the northeast monsoon will prevail.

This may cause intermittent strong winds especially in coastal and mountainous areas.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will also experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

Residents are urged to monitor for possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms especially in areas susceptible to these hazards.

New LPA, ITCZ to bring occasional heavy rains over Mimaropa, Western Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   September 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The combined effects of the inter tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) and a new low pressure area (LPA) will bring occasional heavy rain showers over Mimaropa and Western Visayas.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on
Tuesday (September 21) said that the new LPA last spotted over the coastal waters of Dumaran, Palawan has a slim
chance of developing into a tropical cyclone and may likely dissipate.

In the next two to three days, the agency sees no weather disturbance to affect the country.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to the impact of ITCZ and localized thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, the entire country will experience light to moderate winds and slight to moderate seas throughout the day.

Scattered rains to prevail over Metro Manila, other areas due to LPA, ITCZ

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — State weather bureau PAGASA forecasts scattered rains over Metro Manila and other areas due to the combined effects of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and brewing low pressure area (LPA) south of the country.

Aside from Metro Manila, scattered rains will also prevail over the areas of areas in Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, SOCCSKSARGEN, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, Ifugao, La Union, Pangasinan, and Camarines Norte.

This, as PAGASA monitors the LPA specifically located at 90 kilometers east southeast of Romblon, Romblon, based on PAGASA’s 4:00AM forecast.

The LPA, embedded in the ITCZ generally affects Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, the rest of the country will have isolated rains or thunderstorms due to the impact of ITCZ combined with localized thunderstorms.

These weather conditions are likely to cause flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains or severe thunderstorms.

Thus, residents in areas prone to these hazards are advised to take precautionary measures for possible danger.

Tropical Depression ‘Jolina’ affecting Visayas, Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   September 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Parts of Visayas and Mindanao are currently experiencing the effects of tropical depression Jolina.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), rains and gusty winds will prevail over the areas of Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Dinagat and Siargao Islands due to TD Jolina.

Said areas may experience flash floods or landslides during scattered moderate to at times heavy rains thus residents are advised to take precautionary measures.

Meanwhile, cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will prevail throughout the day in the areas of Central Visayas, the rest of Eastern Visayas and the rest of Mindanao, also due to the impact of TD Jolina.

Severe thunderstorms in the said areas are likely to cause flash floods or landslides so precautionary measures are advised as well.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms especially in the afternoon.

As of 3:00 a.m. Monday (September 6), the center of TD Jolina was located at around 310 km east southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar packed with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.

It is moving west southwestward at 20 km/h.

Also, PAGASA is monitoring another low pressure area outside the Philippine area of Responsibility (PAR) located 1,480 kilometers east of Visayas.

Currently, it has no direct impact on the country.

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