Samuel batters Visayas as it heads for Iloilo

admin   •   November 21, 2018   •   3155

Satellite imagery as of November 21, 2018, 9:50 a.m. | PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines —Tropical Depression Samuel packed moderate to heavy rains, made landfall in Borongan, Eastern Samar 2:00 a.m. Wednesday (November 21).

At 4:00 a.m, the weather system made its second landfall in Daram, Samar. After its landfall, it has slightly weakened. At 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, its center was estimated at 90 kilometers east southeast of Roxas City, Capiz based on all available data .

With maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kilometers per hour (kph), it is now over the Visayan Sea and is currently heading toward Iloilo province as it moves westward at 30 kilometers per hour (kph).

Tropical Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 1 over Samar provinces are now lifted.

Meanwhile, some areas remained under TCWS #1 includes Masbate including Ticao Island, Romblon, southern Oriental Mindoro, southern Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan including Cuyo Island and Calamian Group of Islands, Biliran, Leyte, northern Cebu, northern Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, and Antique.

Under TCWS #1, winds of 30-60 kilometers per hour is expected over the areas. Fisherfolks are advised not to venture out over the areas, northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon.

Bicol Region, MIMAROPA, and Quezon Province may expect moderate to heavy rains, which may trigger flooding and landslides. — UNTV News & Rescue

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PAGASA monitors LPA off Mindanao

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 17, 2020

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), on Thursday (December 17), said it is monitoring a low-pressure area (LPA) off of Mindanao. 

The LPA was located 820 east of Davao city. The state weather bureau said it is unlikely to become a tropical cyclone but its trough will bring rainfall in several parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, Soccksargen, and Davao regions will experience cloudy skies and scattered rainfall today. 

The Cagayan Valley and the Cordillera Administrative Region will also experience cloudy skies due to the northern monsoon or amihan.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon may experience cloudy to partly cloudy skies with isolated rain.

Philippine islands named top favorites in Asia by int’l travel magazine

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 7, 2020

The Philippines dominated the Conde Naste Traveler’s (CNT) list of top islands in Asia.

Cebu and Visayas Islands have been named among Top Island in Asia while Palawan, Siargao, and Boracay ranked fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said it will be a challenge for the department to continue advocating sustainable and responsible tourism practices that will help preserve these destinations.

“This latest citation from CNT gives us in the Department of Tourism (DOT) a boost of confidence, as we continuously carry out our strategies to gradually reopen domestic tourism, to once again welcome travelers from other countries when things become better,” she said. AAC

Magnitude 5.2 quake jolts parts of Visayas

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – (Update) A magnitude 5.2 earthquake jolted parts of Visayas on Friday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Phivolcs said the quake, with a tectonic origin, occurred at 1:31 p.m. Its epicenter was traced 32 kilometers southwest of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

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Posted by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) on Thursday, 7 November 2019

The temblor has a depth of 21 kilometers. It was felt as intensity 4 in Guiuan, Mercedes, Lawaan, Hernani and Salcedo in Eastern Samar;

Intensity 3 in Tacloban City, Palo, Babatngon, Dulag, Abuyog, Hilongos, Bato and Tolosa in Leyte; San Francisco in Southern Leyte, Borongan and Maydolong in Eastern Sama;

Intensity 2 in Pastrana, Leyte; San Julian, Eastern Samar; Maasin City, Bontoc, Libagon and Saint Bernard in Southern Leyte.

Instrumental Intensities were also reported in the following areas:

  • Intensity IV – Borongan City
  • Intensity III – Palo, Leyte
  • Intensity II – Surigao City
  • Intensity I – Ormoc City; Gingoog City

Phivolcs said there were no reported damage bit aftershocks should be expected.

Last month, parts of Mindanao were hit by strong earthquakes that killed more than 20 people and left thousands of families homeless.

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