Signal No. 4 raised over Babuyan Islands as Typhoon Kiko endangers extreme Northern Luzon

Marje Pelayo   •   September 10, 2021   •   288

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has raised tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 4 over the northeastern portion of Babuyan Islands as it moves to batter extreme Northern Luzon, based on the latest forecast at 5:00 p.m. Friday (September 10).

According to PAGASA, these areas are expected to experience very destructive typhoon-force winds within 12 hours.

Meanwhile, Signal No. 3 remains over the extreme northeastern portion of Cagayan, the rest of Babuyan Islands, and Batanes where very Destructive typhoon-force winds will also prevail within 18 hours.

Signal No. 2 is hoisted in the areas northern, central, and eastern portions of mainland Cagayan, the northeastern portion of Isabela, and the northeastern portion of Apayao where damaging gale-force to storm-force winds are expected within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 — characterized by strong winds that are expected to prevail within 36 hours— is now up over the rest of mainland Cagayan, the eastern portion of Ilocos Norte, the rest of Apayao, the northern portion of Kalinga, the eastern portion of Mountain Province, the northeastern portion of Abra, the northwestern and southeastern portions of Isabela, and the northern portion of Aurora.

PAGASA said, Typhoon Kiko is still likely to develop into a super typhoon. Thus, TCWS No.5 may be the highest wind signal that will be hoisted for this typhoon.

Likewise, the possibility of landfall over the northeastern portion of Cagayan is not yet ruled out.

As such, the public is advised to continue monitoring for possible changes in the track forecast in the succeeding bulletins.

As of 5:00 PM, Typhoon Kiko was located at 190 km east of Aparri, Cagayan, packed with maximum sustained winds of 215 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 265 km/h.

It is moving northwestward at 15 km/h.

Trough of Typhoon Mindulle affecting Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   September 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is monitoring the movement of Typhoon Mindulle south of the country.

As of 4:00 AM Monday (September 27), the typhoon remains outside of the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) but is affecting eastern sections of Southern Luzon specifically Bicol Region, and Eastern Visayas.

PAGASA located the center of the typhoon at 1,600 kilometers east of extreme northern Luzon. It is slightly weakening due to its eyewall replacement cycle.

According to PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas, ‘Mindulle’ is forecast to intensify while still in the Philippine Sea.

It is not expected to directly affect the country though it may enter PAR by Tuesday (September 28) and eventually exit on Wednesday (September 29).

Once inside PAR, it will be named ‘Lani’ being the 12th tropical cyclone to enter the country.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country may experience isolated rains due to the trough of Typhoon Mindulle and localized thunderstorms which may cause possible flash floods and landslides during severe thunderstorms.

Apart from ‘Mindulle, the weather agency said there is no other weather disturbance being monitored at present.

US donates 500 shelter-grade tarps for families affected by Typhoon Kiko in Batanes

Marje Pelayo   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The United States government through the USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance donated 500 shelter-grade tarpaulins for Filipino families in Batanes whose houses were affected by Typhoon Kiko (International name Chanthu).

The tarps, which arrived on Thursday (September 24), were transported by USAID Philippines partner International Organization for Migration (IOM) Philippines in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Philippine Air Force.

Soon, another 450 USAID shelter-grade tarps will be delivered to the province through the assistance of the Philippine Navy.

All tarpaulin shelters will help 500 affected families in the province.


New LPA, ITCZ to bring occasional heavy rains over Mimaropa, Western Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   September 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The combined effects of the inter tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) and a new low pressure area (LPA) will bring occasional heavy rain showers over Mimaropa and Western Visayas.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on
Tuesday (September 21) said that the new LPA last spotted over the coastal waters of Dumaran, Palawan has a slim
chance of developing into a tropical cyclone and may likely dissipate.

In the next two to three days, the agency sees no weather disturbance to affect the country.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to the impact of ITCZ and localized thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, the entire country will experience light to moderate winds and slight to moderate seas throughout the day.


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