Rains across PH due to southwest monsoon, ITCZ — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 9, 2021   •   292

MANILA, Philippines — Since it is the onset of the rainy season, wet days are expected across the country.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the southwest monsoon is now affecting Luzon and Western Visayas.

Specifically, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon as well as Western Visayas will continue to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms which may possibly cause flash floods or landslides due to moderate or at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is affecting the rest of the country bringing partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. .

These conditions may cause flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms in areas susceptible to these hazards.

PAGASA advises the public to closely monitor weather updates through the agency’s official website and social media accounts.

5 national roads remain closed; 3 with limited access as of July 26 – DPWH

Marje Pelayo   •   July 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has advised motorists that five national road sections remain closed and three have limited access as of 6:00 AM on Monday (July 26) due to continuous rains brought about by the southwest monsoon.

In a press release, Secretary Mark Villar explained that most flooded roads in NCR have been cleared but three national road sections in Cordillera Administrative Region, and one each in Region III and Region IV-B are still closed to all types of vehicles.

Motorists are reminded that total closures are in effect along the following major roads:

Baguio-Bontoc Road K0362+600, Busa Bridge, Sabangan, Mt. Province;
Abra – Kalinga Road, K0489+900 in Gacab, Malibcong, Abra and Abra – Ilocos Norte Road K0449+715 in Nagaparan, Danglas, Abra;
Junction Layac Balanga Mariveles Port Road Zigzag Section K0160+000 in Bataan; and
Mindoro West Coastal Road, K0353+900, Pag-asa Section, in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

Meanwhile, the Apalit Macabebe Masantol Road, K0057+700-K0063+400 at Intermittent Sections and Sto Tomas – Minalin Road (Minalin- Macabebe Section), K0072+500-k0073+300 in Pampanga; and Bigaa Plaridel via Bulacan & Malolos (Panginay Sect.) K0030+500-K0032+000 are still closed to light vehicles due to flooding.

The DPWH Quick Response Teams composed of 338 personnel with 51 equipment and service vehicles have been working since July 22 to restore access along these roads as soon as possible.

All other national roads and bridges in other affected regions are passable to all types of vehicles as of captioned date and time.

According to the state weather agency PAGASA, the effects of the Southwest Monsoon will remain and will continuously bring rains to the country thus precautionary measures are advised from the general public.

Monsoon rains affect parts of Luzon; new tropical cyclone brews outside PAR

Marje Pelayo   •   July 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The southwest monsoon is continuously affecting the country.

Based on PAGASA’s 4:00 AM forecast for Monday (July 26), monsoon rains will prevail over Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, and Occidental Mindoro expected to cause possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered to widespread moderate to at times heavy rains.

Metro Manila, Abra, Benguet, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, and Batangas will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms throughout the day.

This could bring moderate to at times heavy rains which could lead to flash floods or landslides as well.

The rest of the country will experienced partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms where flash floods or landslides are possible during severe thunderstorms

Meanwhile, a new tropical cyclone was spotted outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

As of 4:00 AM today, PAGASA located tropical storm Nepartak at 2,980 east northeast of extreme northern Luzon packed with maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h and gustiness of up to 90 km/h moving northward at 20 km/h.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Infa (formerly Fabian) was at 1,070 kilometers north of extreme northern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h and gustiness of up to 140 km/h. It is moving northwestward at 10 km/h.

Both tropical cyclones have no direct impact on any part of the country as of this writing.

Signal #1 remains over Batanes; Typhoon Fabian to exit PAR Friday night — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Fabian is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Friday evening (July 23) according to state weather agency PAGASA.

As of its 5:00 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Typhoon Fabian was located 540 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes packed with maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h and gustiness of 185 km/h.

Thus, tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) #1 remains hoisted over the province of Batanes while a cyclone warning signal was earlier lifted for Babuyan Islands.

Given this condition, residents of Batanes will continuously experience strong winds throughout the passage of the typhoon.

Meanwhile, typhoon-enhanced southwest monsoon will continuously experience scattered to widespread monsoon rains over Ilocos Region, Abra, Benguet, Tarlac, Pampanga, Cavite, and Batangas.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will prevail over Metro Manila, the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region, Bulacan, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Northern Palawan including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands.

Also, occasional gusty conditions will be experienced over Visayas and the rest of Luzon, especially in the coastal and upland localities in these areas.

According to PAGASA, Typhoon Fabian is forecast to gradually intensify in the near term and reach its peak intensity tomorrow afternoon.

A weakening trend in its intensity may begin by Sunday morning.

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