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

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2020   •   821

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.

PAGASA: New tropical depression threatens PH as Typhoon Quinta exits

Marje Pelayo   •   October 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines  – The low pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) has developed into a tropical depression and is expected to enter the country on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

Once it enters the country, it will be named ‘Rolly’ and will be the 18th tropical cyclone to hit the country this year.

The weather disturbance, located at 2,070 km east of Central Luzon, is expected to move northwestward or west-northwestward through Thursday, then southwestward by Friday towards the Bicol Region-Eastern Visayas area. 

Currently, it is packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 75 kph. 

The weather agency said it may intensify into a tropical storm in the next three days. 

According to PAGASA, This disturbance is not affecting the weather over any portion of the country at this time.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Molave (formerly Typhoon Quinta) is currently bringing scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Occidental Mindoro, Palawan and Western Visayas.

The Tail-end of a Frontal System is bringing light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms over Batanes and Cagayan while Metro Manila and the rest of the country are experiencing isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.

New LPA likely to enter PH on Wednesday or Thursday — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   October 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Quinta is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Tuesday morning (October 27), according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). 

However, the trough of Typhoon Quinta combined with the effects of the tail-end- of the frontal system will bring moderate to heavy rains over Metro Manila, Western Visayas and other parts of Luzon specifically in Occidental Mindoro, Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, Kalayaan Islands, Aurora, Isabela and Cagayan.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will prevail over Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and the rest of Luzon and Visayas.

Meanwhile, the state weather agency is monitoring another low pressure area (LPA) spotted outside the PAR which is likely to enter the country on Wednesday (October 28) or Thursday (October 29). 

As of 4:00 AM today, the LPA was estimated based on all available data at 1,855 km East of Southern Luzon.

It is likely to develop into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours.

LPA east of Mindanao likely to enter PH on Friday — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   October 22, 2020

 MANILA, Philippines — Severe tropical storm Pepito continues to bring rains over some areas in Luzon and Visayas as it moves to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Thursday (October 22).

At 3:00 a.m. today, the center of STS Pepito was located at 380 km West of Dagupan City, Pangasinan with maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 125 km/h. 

It is moving west northwestward at 10 km/h.

According to PAGASA, the trough of STS Pepito is currently causing cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorm in some parts of Luzon including Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, and in Western Visayas.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country is now experiencing partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, PAGASA is also monitoring another Low Pressure Area east of Mindanao which is likely to enter on Friday (October 23) and may develop into a tropical depression during the weekend. 

PAGASA said, it is not affecting the weather over any portion of the country at this time.

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