PAGASA monitors three low pressure areas

Marje Pelayo   •   May 8, 2019   •   1620

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MANILA, Philippines – The state weather bureau PAGASA is currently monitoring the movement of two low pressure areas (LPA) within the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) and another outside PAR.

One is located about 195kph southwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur which the agency expects to bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms that may trigger floods and landslides.

The agency, meanwhile, noted that the other LPA, spotted at a distance of 335 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, will not yet directly affect any part of the country.

Meanwhile, Pagasa said that the third LPA located at 1,120 kilometers east of Mindanao is also expected to enter PAR.

The weather agency clarified, however, that there is slim chance that any of the three LPAs would develop into tropical cyclone.

Despite occasional rains, there are still 17 areas across the country which are experiencing drought specifically areas in Bicol and Eastern Visayas. –Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)  

Storm surge of up to 2 meters possible in La Union, Pangasinan – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   November 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ramon is moving almost stationary while it moves to make landfall in Babuyan Islands in the afternoon or evening of Tuesday (November 19), state weather service PAGASA said.

Thus, residents in areas affected by the typhoon are advised to take appropriate actions ahead of possible flashfloods and landslides.

According to PAGASA, ‘Ramon’ is expected to weaken following landfall due to the land interaction and the Northern Monsoon.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) of Cagayan is continuously monitoring the situation in low-lying, landslide and flashflood prone areas while the typhoon is nearing landfall.

Authorities are particularly monitoring the town of Abulug where over 50 houses were completely washed out by the previous tropical depression ‘Quiel’.

Based on the latest data from the PDRRMO, around 1,700 families have already been evacuated in view of the typhoon’s landfall.

Around 100 of the families were from the town of Gonzaga were forced to evacuate following threats of landslide and flashflood.

“May matitigas talaga. (Some were hardheaded.) They told us that they (already) know (what to do),” said Municipal Disaster Office Head Edward Gaspar.

According to PAGASA, stormy weather remains over Cagayan, Batanes, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga and Ilocos Provinces while Typhoon Ramon is nearing landfall. – MNP (with inputs from Joan Nano)

Typhoon Ramon slows down as it nears landfall; new LPA spotted

Marje Pelayo   •   November 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ramon slowed down as it continuous to threaten the Babuyan Islands, according to PAGASA’s latest forecast.

As of 8:00 AM Tuesday (November 19), Typhoon Ramon was located at 110 km East of Calayan, Cagayan, packed with sustained winds of 120 kph and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

It is moving slowly towards the West-Northwest direction and is forecast to make landfall over the Babuyan Islands between the afternoon or evening today.

Due to the land interaction and the Northeast Monsoon, the typhoon is forecast to weaken following landfall, according to PAGASA.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 3 is up in the Northern portion of Cagayan where winds of greater than 121 kph up to 170 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours.

Signal No. 2 remains over the areas of Batanes, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

Winds of greater than 61 kph and up to 120 kph may be expected in these areas in at least 24 hours .

Signal No. 1, on the other hand, is up in Northern portion of Isabela, Mountain Province, Benguet, Ifugao, La Union and Pangasinan.

Winds of 30-60 kph may be experienced in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.

Residents in these provinces should expect stormy weather, take appropriate actions, coordinate with disaster officials for emergency concerns, and continue monitoring for updates from PAGASA.

Fishing boats and other sea vessels especially the small ones are advised to refrain from venturing out as sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, the seaboard of southern Isabela, and the western seaboard of Zambales and Bataan due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions.

Meanwhile, at 7:00 AM Tuesday, PAGASA has located a low pressure area (LPA) at 810 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

The weather disturbance is forecast to develop into a Tropical Depression within 24 hours.

‘Ramon’ now a severe tropical storm, aims for Northern Cagayan — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   November 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical storm Ramon has intensified into a severe tropical storm as it aims for landfall towards northern Cagayan, according to state weather service PAGASA.

Based on PAGASA’s 5:00 PM, the center of the storm is at 125 km East of Aparri, Cagayan with sustained winds of 100 kph and gustiness of up to 125 kph while moving towards the West-Northwest direction at 10 kph.

It is expected to make landfall between Monday night (November 18) and Tuesday morning (November 19).

Thus, tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 2 was raised over the following areas:

  • Cagayan (including the Babuyan Islands)
  • Northern portion of Isabela (Sta. Maria, San Pablo, Maconacon, Cabagan, Sto. Tomas, Quezon, Delfino Albano, Tumauini, and Divilacan)
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Ilocos Norte

These areas may experience winds of greater than 61 kph and up to 120 kph in at least 24 hours, PAGASA warned.

Meanwhile, TCWS No. 1 remains hoisted over the following areas:

  • Batanes
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Abra
  • Mountain Province
  • Benguet
  • Ifugao
  • La Union
  • Northern Aurora (Dilasag, Casiguran, and Dinalungan)
  • Rest of Isabela

Winds of 30-60 kph may be expected in these areas at least 36 hours or intermittent rains within 36 hours.

PAGASA advised residents in the said areas to prepare for possible landslides and flashfloods and to monitor updates from PAGASA regarding the current weather system.

Likewise, sea travel remains risky especially for small sea crafts, over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, the western seaboard of Northern Luzon, and the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions.

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