Signal #2 up in 13 areas in Luzon as STS Quinta threatens Bicol Region

Marje Pelayo   •   October 25, 2020   •   1064

MANILA, Philippines – Severe tropical storm  (STS) Quinta continues to intensify as it increases its threat over Catanduanes-Albay area, according to the latest bulletin issued at 2:00 PM Sunday (October 25) by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

It is expected to make landfall anytime this afternoon or evening over the Catanduanes-Albay area. Afterwards, it will traverse the Southern Luzon area until tomorrow afternoon before it turns west northwestward over the West Philippine Sea. 

It is likely to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) in the afternoon of Tuesday (October 27).

PAGASA does not rule out the possibility of STS Quinta developing into a typhoon prior to its landfall over Bicol Region.

After crossing the Philippine archipelago, this tropical cyclone will continue to intensify over the West Philippine Sea. 

Active Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS):

TCWS#2 (61-120 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 24 hours)

LUZON

  • Catanduanes
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands
  • The central and southern portions of Quezon (Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, Dolores, Candelaria, Tiaong, San Antonio, Sariaya, Tayabas City, Lucena City, Pagbilao, Atimonan, Perez, Alabat, Calauag, Quezon, Tagkawayan, Guinayangan, Lopez, Pitogo, Plaridel, Gumaca, Unisan, Agdangan, Padre Burgos, Macalelon, Catanauan, General Luna, Buenavista, San Narciso, Mulanay, San Andres, San Francisco)
  • The southeastern portion of Laguna (Paete, Kalayaan, Lumban, Cavinti, Luisiana, Majayjay, Liliw, Rizal, Nagcarlan, San Pablo City, Alaminos, Magdalena, Pagsanjan)
  • Batangas
  • Marinduque
  • Romblon
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island

VISAYAS

  • Northern Samar

TCWS#1 (30-60 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 36 hours) 

LUZON

  • The rest of Quezon
  • The rest of Laguna
  • Rizal
  • Cavite
  • Metro Manila
  • Bulacan
  • Pampanga
  • Bataan
  • The southern portion of Zambales (San Marcelino, San Felipe, San Narciso, Castillejos, Subic, San Antonio, Olongapo City, Botolan, Cabangan)
  • Calamian Islands 

VISAYAS

  • The northern portion of Samar (Calbayog City, Matuguinao, Tagapul-An, Santo Nino, Almagro, Santa Margarita, Gandara, San Jose de Buan, Pagsanghan, Tarangnan, San Jorge, Catbalogan City, Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas)
  • The northern portion of Eastern Samar (Maslog, Jipapad, Arteche, San Policarpo, Oras, Dolores, Can-Avid, Taft)
  • The northern portion of Capiz (Sapi-An, Ivisan, Roxas City, Panay, Pilar, Pontevedra, President Roxas)
  • Aklan
  • The northern portion of Antique (Caluya, Libertad, Pandan, Sebaste, Culasi)
  • The northeastern portion of Iloilo (Batad, Balasan, Estancia, Carles)

PAGASA warns that stormy conditions will be experienced in areas under TCWS#2 while strong breeze to near gale conditions will be experienced in areas under TCWS#1.

Residents are advised to take precautionary measures against flooding including flash floods, rain-induced landslides, and sediment-laden streamflows which may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards. 

Mark your stargazing calendars! Witness meteor showers, lunar eclipse in May

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Catch the Eta Aquarid meteor shower and the total lunar eclipse in May.

About 20 or more meteors per hour will be seen from the sky as the Earth passes close to the orbit of Halley’s comet, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The meteor shower is usually active between April 19 and May 28 every year.

“The point from where the meteors appear to radiate is located within the constellation Aquarius, the Water Bearer,” PAGASA said.

Meanwhile, on May 26, a total lunar eclipse will be visible in the Philippine sky. The entire event will be seen in South/East Asia, Australia, Much of North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

PAGASA said the eclipse will begin at 4:47 p.m. Philippine Standard Time (PhST) and will end at 9:49 p.m. (PhST).

In Manila, the moon will rise at 6:14 P.M. on 26 May and will set at 4:49 A.M. on 27 May 2021.

The state weather bureau assured that lunar eclipses are safe to watch and observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes. A pair of binocular will help magnify the view and will make the red coloration of the moon brighter. AAC

Gaze into the sky and witness a supermoon on April 27

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Hope for clear skies as the full moon on Tuesday (April 27) will be a supermoon, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The state weather bureau said the moon will appear bigger and brighter than a regular full moon during its peak from 11:22 to 11:32 p.m.

The full moon will have a perigee distance of 357,378 kilometers (km) away from Earth, which is the “closest that the moon comes to the earth in its elliptic orbit.”

PAGASA said the term ‘supermoon’, popularized by astrologer Richard Nolle, is astrological in origin and has no precise astronomical definition. AAC

Typhoon Bising slightly weakens; signal no. 1 still up in 3 areas – PAGASA

Robie de Guzman   •   April 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Bising has slightly weakened as it accelerates northward, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Wednesday.

In its 5 p.m. severe weather bulletin, PAGASA said that the following areas remain under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal number 1:

  • Batanes
  • The eastern portion of Cagayan (Santa Ana, Gonzaga, Lal-Lo, Gattaran, Baggao, Peñablanca, Camalaniugan, Buguey, Aparri, Santa Teresita, Alcala, Amulung, Iguig, Tuguegarao City) including Babuyan Islands
  • The eastern portion of Isabela (San Pablo, Maconacon, Divilacan, Tumauini, Cabagan, Palanan, Dinapigue, San Guillermo, Benito Soliven, San Mariano, Ilagan, Gamu, Naguilian)

Based on the forecast track, PAGASA said that Bising will move generally northward or north northwestward until Thursday morning, when the typhoon will be nearest to the landmass of Northern Luzon.

Afterwards, the typhoon will move northeastward away from the landmass throughout Thursday, and is forecast to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Sunday morning.

Bising was last spotted at 345 kilometers east northeast of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan or 345 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan.

The typhoon is packing maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center and gustiness of up to 205 km/h. It is moving northward at 15 km/h.

PAGASA said Bising is forecast to gradually weaken throughout the remainder of the forecast period. The typhoon will likely be downgraded to severe tropical storm category by Friday and tropical storm category by Saturday.

 

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