Signal No.1 hoisted over Batanes due to severe tropical storm Hanna

Marje Pelayo   •   August 7, 2019   •   767

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) number 1 is raised over the province of Batanes and the Babuyan group of islands as severe tropical storm (STS) Hanna (international name Lekima) intensifies while moving northwest.

Under such condition, winds of 30 kph to 60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours, according to state weather service PAGASA.

As of 4:00 AM Wednesday (August 7), the center of STS Hanna was located at 610 km East of Basco, Batanes. It is moving west northwest at a speed of 10kph with sustained winds of 110 kph and gustiness of up to 135 kph.

STS Hanna continues to enhance the southwest monsoon which is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains over the northern portions of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands), Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Zambales, Bataan, Aklan, and Antique.

Meanwhile, cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will be experienced over Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Central Visayas and Western Visayas.

These areas were identified as highly or very highly susceptible to floods and rain-induced landslides thus residents are advised to take precautionary measures and continue monitoring for updates about the weather conditions from PAGASA.

STS Hanna is less likely to make landfall in any part of the country.

Fisherfolks with small sea vessels are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of areas under TCWS No. 1 as well as the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas, and the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao due to potentially rough sea conditions.

Goni intensifies into severe tropical storm while moving westward

Maris Federez   •   October 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Storm Goni has rapidly intensified into a severe tropical storm (STS) while moving westward at 10 km/h, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Thursday.

The center of STS Goni was estimated at 1,545 kilometers East of Central Luzon outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) 16.6°North ,136.6°East, based on all available data.

The state weather bureau said STS Goni packed a maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 115 km/h.

Once it enters the PAR, Goni will be renamed Rolly, PAGASA said.

It added that STS Goni was forecast to intensify into a typhoon within 24 hours and will continue to intensify while moving over the Philippine Sea.

State meteorologists said Goni may bring heavy rains over the eastern sections of Central and Southern Luzon either by Friday or the weekend as it moves closer.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 may be raised over some provinces in the Bicol Region and in Northern Samar by Friday evening. —/mbmf

Habagat season ends – PAGASA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 23, 2020

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has officially declared the end of the southwest monsoon (locally known as habagat) season as the country transitions to northeast monsoon or amihan season.

In a statement, PAGASA said its recent analyses showed that a significant weakening of the southwest monsoon has been observed over the last few days.

The weather agency added it has observed the strengthening of the high-pressure area over the Asian continent which has led to the gradual changing of the season.

“With these developments, the southwest monsoon season or known locally as ‘habagat’ is now officially over. The season in the Philippines is on the process of transition and will be expecting the gradual start of the northeast monsoon (NE) season in the coming days with a shift in the direction of the winds,” the bureau said.

PAGASA also reported that with the ongoing La Niña phenomenon, the northeast monsoon may be enhanced that could trigger floods, flashfloods, and rain-induced landslides over susceptible areas.

“Therefore, all concerned government agencies and the public are advised to take precautionary measures to mitigate the potential impacts of these events,” it added.

New LPA east of Mindanao likely to develop into a tropical depression — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   October 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA is monitoring a brewing weather disturbance east of Mindanao following the exit of tropical storm Nika. 

Based on its 3:00 AM advisory, the low pressure area (LPA) was located at 355 km. east of Surigao City in Surigao del Norte. 

This LPA is bringing scattered rain showers over Dinagat Islands, Surigao Provinces and Davao Oriental. 

It is moving northwestward towards the Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas area until Wednesday and is likely to develop into a tropical depression within the next 48 hours.

Meanwhile, the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) is currently affecting the western section of Luzon.

Habagat is expected to bring isolated rain showers over areas in Metro Manila while the combined effects of the LPA and Habagat will bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao.

The rest of the country will have partly cloudy and cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to the effects of Habagat and localized thunderstorms.

The public is advised to take precautionary measures for possible flash floods or landslides due to light to moderate to at times heavy rains in areas affected by the LPA.

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