PAGASA: Onyok intensifies into a tropical storm but less likely to make landfall

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 28, 2019   •   312

Tropical Depression Onyok has intensified into a tropical storm, according to PAGASA.

Based on the weather bulletin on Saturday, as of 10:00 a.m., the tropical storm continues to traverse through the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) moving towards West Northwest at 35km/h.

The weather bureau said it will less likely to make landfall in the country. However, Onyok will bring scattered light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms over Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas.

“Residents of these areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to floods and rain-induced landslides, are advised to take precautionary measures, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates, especially the thunderstorm or rainfall advisories and heavy rainfall warnings to be issued by PAGASA regional services divisions,” according to PAGASA.

PAGASA sighted ‘Onyok’ at 870 kilometers East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes. Onyok has maximum sustained winds of 65km per hour and gustiness of 80km/h.—AAC

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)

‘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.

Rains to still drench parts of Luzon as TS Ramon moves west-northwest

Robie de Guzman   •   November 17, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Storm Ramon is still expected to bring rains over some part of Northern Luzon as it slowly moves in the northwest direction, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Sunday.

In its 5:00 p.m. severe weather bulletin, PAGASA said ‘Ramon’ may still bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over eastern parts of Cagayan and Isabela on Sunday, while on Monday, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains may prevail over mainland Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga and Ilocos Norte.

Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains may also be experienced over the Babuyan Islands, Abra, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Northern Aurora, and Quirino.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal number 1 is still up over Cagayan including Babuyan Island, Apayao, Isabela and northern portion of Aurora including Dilasag, Casiguran and Dinalungan.

‘Ramon’ was last spotted at 285 kilometers east northeast of Casiguran, packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph), and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

It is moving towards west direction at 15kph.

The state weather bureau advised residents in landslide and flood prone areas to take precautionary measures and to coordinate with concerned agencies.

Sea travelers are also warned not to venture in seaboards of areas under signal number 1 as well as in seaboards of northern Luzon and eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon due to rough sea conditions.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said it also monitoring a low pressure area east of Visayas that is seen to enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Tuesday.

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