Several barangays in Zamboanga city submerged in floodwater due to ‘Marilyn’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 13, 2019   •   1497

Several barangays in Zamboanga City are submerged in flood due to the heavy rains brought by tropical depression ‘Marilyn’ this week.

There is also no electricity in several areas due to broken power lines.

Classes have been suspended in all levels while the Philippine Coast Guard (PSG) already cancelled sea travel for the safety of the passengers.

Meanwhile, various rescue units in Zamboanga City continue to conduct their rescue operations to aid residents affected by the severe flooding. Affected barangays include, Barangay Putik, San Jose Gusu, and Santa Maria.

The local government continues to advise residents in the low-lying areas to immediately evacuate to avoid the effects of the flood.—AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Names of Tropical Cyclones for 2020: Is yours one of them?

Marje Pelayo   •   May 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical depression ‘Ambo’ seemed to have come late being the first tropical cyclone that entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) this year.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), there are instances that tropical cyclones come almost middle of the year so it is not so uncommon.

After TD Ambo, PAGASA expects 10 to 13 more tropical cyclones that may enter or develop inside PAR until October.

As usual, PAGASA assigns a local name for tropical cyclones.

This is the list for this year which will also be used every four years after in 2027, 2031 and so on, based on the weather agency’s tropical cyclone naming protocol:

  • Ambo
  • Butchoy
  • Carina
  • Dindo
  • Enteng
  • Ferdie
  • Gener
  • Helen
  • Igme
  • Julian
  • Kristine
  • Leon
  • Marce
  • Nika
  • Ofel
  • Pepito
  • Quinta
  • Rolly
  • Siony
  • Tonyo
  • Ulysses
  • Vicky
  • Warren
  • Yoyong
  • Zosimo

This list is just one of the four sets of names for tropical cyclones that PAGASA used every four years.

Each year, PAGASA assigns an auxiliary list that contains 10 names in case the names on the original list have already been used:

  • Alamid
  • Bruno
  • Conching
  • Dolor
  • Ernie
  • Florante
  • Gerardo
  • Hernan
  • Isko
  • Jerome

If a tropical cyclone causes at least 300 deaths and P1-B worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure, the name of that tropical cyclone will be decommissioned or dropped from the list.

Also, a name is scrapped from the list if it is associated with a prominent personality to avoid mockery.

Mindanao region to experience heavy rains due to tropical depression ‘Ambo’

Marje Pelayo   •   May 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical depression Ambo has maintained its strength as it approaches the Philippines, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

As of 3:00 AM, the state weather bureau located the weather disturbance at 385 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, packed with maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometer per hour (km/h) and gustiness of up to 55 km/h. 

It is moving at the northwest direction with a speed of up to 10 km/h.

Based on PAGASA’s forecast track, the center of TD Ambo is likely to affect Eastern Visayas on Thursday (May 14).

It is seen to make landfall in Bicol by Friday (May 15) which is expected to intensify and develop into a tropical storm, the weather agency said.

According to PAGASA, TD Ambo’s trough or extension will affect the Mindanao region throughout Monday (May 11) which may cause flash floods in affected areas. 

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience humid weather with potential scattered rains throughout the day.

PAGASA said wind signals may be announced within the next 24 hours due to the movement of TD ambo. 

TD Ambo is the first tropical cyclone to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this year. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

LPA in Eastern Mindanao develops into tropical depression — PAGASA-DOST

Maris Federez   •   May 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The low-pressure area (LPA) over the east of Mindanao that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is monitoring has developed into a tropical depression.

PAGASA said that the weather disturbance, named Ambo, is the first tropical cyclone to form inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this year.

As of 2:00 pm on Sunday (May 10) the LPA was located at 565km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Based on PAGASA’s forecast, TD Ambo may affect the eastern section of Visayas or Mindanao by Wednesday (May 13) or Thursday (May 14). — /mbmf

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