‘Ramon’ weakens into LPA; Tropical Storm ‘Sarah’ maintains strength — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2019   •   498

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical depression ‘Ramon’ weakened into a low-pressure area (LPA) at 2:00 PM today (November 20), according to state weather service PAGASA’s latest bulletin.

Thus, PAGASA has lifted all Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals (TCWS) in areas affected by the LPA.

However, PAGASA said, strong to gale force winds will still prevail over Batanes and the Babuyan Islands while occasional gusty conditions may be experienced over the rest of Northern Luzon due to the surge of northeast monsoon.

As of 4:00 PM today, the LPA was located within the vicinity of Carranglan, Nueva Ecija.

Meanwhile, Signal No.1 has been lifted over the northeastern portion of Isabela and the southeastern portion of Cagayan due to tropical storm Sarah.

However, Wind Signal No. 1 remains over Batanes, the northeastern portion of Cagayan (Gattaran, Lal-lo, Buguey, Gonzaga, Sta. Ana, Calayan) including the Babuyan Islands due to the storm.

As of 4:00 PM, the center of the TS Sarah was located at 540 km East of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, packed with sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

PAGASA said the storm slightly accelerates as it moves towards north-northwest direction at 30 kph.

PAGASA said light to moderate with occasional heavy rains will still be experienced this evening over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Apayao, and the northern portion of Ilocos Norte.

Likewise, light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains will affect the areas of Ilocos Sur, Abra, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Isabela, La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya and the rest of Ilocos Norte.

Risk of landslides and flashfloods still remains in the said areas thus, residents are advised to take appropriate actions and monitor updates from PAGASA for the movement of the weather disturbances.

Meanwhile, PAGASA advised that sea travel remains risky, especially for small sea crafts, over the seaboards of areas under the TCWS, seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon and the western seaboard of Southern Luzon due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions caused by tropical storm Sarah and the Northeast Monsoon.

LPA, southwest monsoon to bring rains over PH — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines  — A low pressure area (LPA) is joining forces with southwest monsoon to bring monsoon rains over Metro Manila and major parts of the country.

At 3:00 AM Thursday (July 30), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) located the LPA at 50 km West of Iba, Zambales. 

Thus, monsoon rains will specifically affect Metro Manila and areas of Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA due to the LPA and the southwest monsoon. 

Meanwhile, cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms will be experienced in Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, SOCCSKSARGEN, Davao Region and the rest of Luzon due to similar causes.

The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to the effects of the southwest monsoon. 

Meanwhile, the Southwest Monsoon is affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Sea travel especially among those using small seacrafts may be risky thus the agency advised owners of small sea vessels to take precaution against potentially rough seas in thunderstorms when venturing out over the seaboards of Luzon and Western Visayas. 

The public is advised to continue monitoring updates through its website and take appropriate measures as weather conditions may cause serious flood and landslides. 

TD Carina forecast to weaken into LPA as it nears exit

Marje Pelayo   •   July 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression (TD) Carina is forecast to weaken into a low-pressure area (LPA) on Tuesday (July 14) afternoon or Wednesday morning (July 15). 

According to the latest update from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the weather system is seen to move towards the north direction while heading towards the Bashi Channel and the southern portion of Taiwan. 

As of 11:00AM on Tuesday, TD Carina was located at 155km west of Basco, Batanes. 

It is moving toward the northwest direction at 25 km/h packed with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of 55 km/h. 

PAGASA said tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 (TWCS) remains over Batanes which means isolated light to moderate rains with at times heavy rain showers will prevail today until tomorrow as well as in nearby areas, the Babuyan Islands and Ilocos Norte. 

Metro Manila and the rest of the country, meanwhile, will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers today and tomorrow due to localized thunderstorms. 

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LPA east of Cagayan province develops into TD Carina

Marje Pelayo   •   July 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — At 2:00 am on Monday (July 13), the low pressure area (LPA) spotted east of Cagayan province has developed into tropical depression Carina, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). 

As of 4:00 AM today, the weather system was located at 315 km East of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan packed with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 55 km/h. It is moving westward at 20 km/h.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1 is raised over the areas of Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, and Northern Cagayan specifically Sta. Ana, Gonzaga, Sta. Teresita, Bugey, Eastern Lal-O and Baggao.)

This means moderate to heavy rains will prevail over Babuyan Islands and the eastern section of mainland Cagayan and Isabela. 

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, the rest of Cagayan Valley, Aurora, and the northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands.

Moderate to rough seas will be experienced over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon in the next 24 hours thus small seacrafts are advised not to venture out to sea.

The center of TD Carina is forecast to pass close to the northeastern portion of Cagayan and the Babuyan Islands between tonight and Tuesday morning. 

A landfall scenario over these areas remains likely, according to PAGASA.

Metro Manila, Western Visayas, and the rest of Luzon, meanwhile, will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to the effects of TD Carina.

Mindanao and the rest of Visayas will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers mostly in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms. 

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