Signal #1 hoisted over 7 areas in Luzon due to TS ‘Ineng’

Marje Pelayo   •   August 22, 2019   •   325

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Storm ‘Ineng’ slightly intensifies while it moves toward extreme Northern Luzon, according to the state weather service PAGASA.

As of 10:00 AM on Thursday (August 22), tropical storm Ineng was observed at 725 km East of Casiguran, Aurora, packed with maximum sustained winds of 75 km per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 km per hour.

The weather agency, meanwhile, raised tropical cyclone wind signal no. 1 over six areas in Luzon where moderate to occasionally heavy rains will be experienced:

  1. Batanes
  2. Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands
  3. Isabela
  4. Apayao
  5. Kalinga
  6. Northern Abra
  7. Ilocos Norte

The abovementioned areas will experience winds of 30kph to 60kph in at least 36 hours.

According to PAGASA, moderate to occasionally heavy rains will affect Bicol Region, Northern Samar, and Quezon Province throughout the day.

The Southwest Monsoon, (habagat), meanwhile, will bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains in areas of Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro Provinces, northern Palawan (including Calamian and Cuyo Islands), Antique and Aklan.

The weather agency announced also sea travel is risky over the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao due to potentially rough sea conditions.

PAGASA said tropical storm Ineng is still less likely to make landfall in any part of the country but it is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon thus rainy weekend can be expected in Luzon.

PAGASA clarifies ‘Haze Bulletin’ issued from unofficial social media account

UNTV News   •   September 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — State weather service PAGASA clarified alleged ‘haze bulletin’ circulating over social media.

In its official social media page, DOST-PAGASA stressed it has not issued any haze bulletin.

PAGASA said the alleged haze bulletin was posted on “Dost_PAGASA Visayas” Facebook page which the agency did not claim as among its official accounts.

All PAGASA products from its central and regional offices are posted on the following official social media accounts:

Website: bagong.pagasa.dost.gov.ph
Facebook: Dost_pagasa
Twitter: @dost_pagasa
Youtube: DOST-PAGASA WEATHER REPORT

“The public is advised to remain vigilant against unofficial information coming from unverified sources,” the agency said.

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TS Nimfa no direct effect on PH, to leave PAR on Saturday

UNTV News   •   September 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical storm Nimfa has no direct effect on the Philippines, according to the state weather bureau PAGASA.

As of 4:00 Friday (September 20), the weather system was located at 58km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes, packed with maximum sustained winds of 75kph and gustiness of 90kph.

It is moving westward at a speed of 25kph.

TS Nimfa is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday morning (September 21), PAGASA said.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon is currently affecting Central and Southern Luzon.

According to PAGASA’s forecast, monsoon rains will prevail over CALABARZON and the provinces of Mindoro, Marindique and Romblon.

Occasional rains will affect Metro Manila and Central Luzon while scattered rainshowers will prevail over the rest of Luzon.

Also, isolated rains will drench areas in Visayas and Mindanao throughout the day.

Meanwhile, PAGASA advised that sea travel is risky along the sea boards of Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, La Union, Pangasinan, Aurora, Zambales, Bataan and Queozon including Polilio Island due to high waves.

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Southwest monsoon to bring cloudy skies with intermittent rains over Luzon, Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical depression ‘Nimfa’ maintains strength while moving almost stationary, according to state weather service PAGASA.

At 3:00 AM on Wednesday (September 18), the center of the weather system was located at 670 km East of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

Meanwhile, PAGASA is also monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) which was observed in the vicinity San Jose, Tarlac.

According to PAGASA, monsoon rains ranging from frequent light to moderate with occasional heavy rain showers will prevail over Central Luzon, Batangas, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro, and northern portions of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands throughout Wednesday due to the combined effects of the southwest monsoon (habagat) and the LPA.

Likewise, habagat will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, CALABARZON and the rest of MIMAROPA.

The trough of the tropical depression will also bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region.

Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will be experienced in Mindanao and the rest of Visayas due to localized thunderstorms.

 Residents of the aforementioned areas are advised to take precautionary measures for possible flashfloods and landslides.

Sea travels is discouraged especially for small sea vessels over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon due to potentially rough to very rough sea conditions.

Meanwhile, most of the other seaboards of the country will remain moderate to rough.

As of this writing, there is no Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) raised in any parts of the country, according to PAGASA.

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