South China province launches second-level emergency response for Typhoon Doksuri

admin   •   September 15, 2017   •   3562

Sandbags are prepared ahead of Typhoon Talim in a landmark building Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Typhoons Talim and Doksuri, the 18th and 19th so far this year, have brought rainstorms to cities in south China and east China on Thursday.

Typhoon Doksuri uprooted trees and churned the sea tide up to four to five meters off the coast of the city of Sansha in South China’s island province of Hainan.

Typhoon Talim, meanwhile, raised the tide more than 10 meters high in Yuhuan, east China’s Zhejiang province.

The city has launched an emergency response and evacuated people in areas likely to be affected by the arrival of the typhoon.

Residents living in the coastal area were relocated to safer places.

“We’ve evacuated all the people here, providing them with daily supplies,” said Yongxing Community Committee of Sansha City deputy director Zhao Heng.

China’s National Meteorological Center (NMC) maintained its orange alert against Typhoon Talim.

The center predicted that the typhoon will move northward into waters near the coasts of Zhejiang province tonight before turning northeastward and make landfall in the western coastal area of Kyushu, Japan, on Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

Typhoon Doksuri, meanwhile, has intensified to a strong tropical storm early Thursday morning.

It’s expected to skip waters off the southern coasts of Hainan province to land in northern Vietnam tonight. It is expected to be the most powerful tropical cyclone to hit Vietnam in several years. — Reuters

‘Perla’ intensifies into a tropical storm — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   October 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA on Friday (October 18) announced that tropical depression ‘Perla’ (International name Neoguri) intensified into tropical storm.

At 4:00 AM today, the weather system was located at 790 km East of Basco, Batanes and it is moving almost stationary.

It is packed with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

Although no tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) currently in effect over any part of the country, PAGASA said TS Perla may bring scattered rains and thunderstorms over the areas of Batanes, Cagayan (including Babuyan Islands) and Apayao beginning Saturday (October 19) or Sunday (October 20).

Thus, the agency advised residents especially owners of small sea vessels that sea travel remain risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon due to potentially rough sea conditions associated with the northeasterly surface wind flow.

Meanwhile, the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Zamboanga Peninsula, Western Visayas and Palawan.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will likewise experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to the effects of localized thunderstorms.

‘Liwayway’ further intensifies as it moves over Batanes

Robie de Guzman   •   September 3, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Severe Tropical Storm “Liwayway” continued to intensify on Tuesday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

In its 5 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said the tropical cyclone wind signal no. 1 is still up in Batanes as “Liwayway” continues to move over the Philippine sea east of the province.

Residents in the area were advised to take precautionary measures against potentially strong winds.

The storm was last spotted at 225 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, packing maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph.

PAGASA said “Liwayway” is moving north at the speed of 15 kph.

The storm will bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Batanes and Babuyan Islands.

The state weather bureau maintains the storm is not expected to make a landfall and is seen to exit the Philippine area of responsibility as a typhoon by Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon is seen to bring scattered light to moderate rains (with at times heavy rain showers during thunderstorms) over Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, northern portions of Palawan (incl. Calamian Islands), Mindoro Provinces, and rest of Cordillera Administrative Region.

Residents in the said areas are advised to take precautionary measures against possible floods and landslides.

PAGASA also warned that sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Luzon due to potentially rough sea conditions.

‘Ineng’ wreaks over 600-M worth of damage in Ilocos Norte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 26, 2019

Rescue operations in Ilocos Norte amid the onslaught of severe tropical storm Ineng, 24 August 2019.

Tropical storm Ineng has wreaked around 600 million worth of agricultural and infrastructural damage in Ilocos Norte.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMC) has recorded a total of P589.5 million worth of damage as of August 25. Around 167 barangays and over 9,000 families were affected by TS Ineng.

Meanwhile, two were injured and one died in a landslide in Barangay Surong, Pasukin last Saturday morning (Aug 24).

The local government of Ilocos Norte and Laoag already declared a state of calamity due to the damage brought by the storm.

Water level in Padsan River already subsided since Sunday (Aug 25). Flood in other areas has also subsided.

Residents began cleaning up the debris and other waste left by the storm.—AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

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