Stronger ‘Tisoy’ to make third landfall in Marinduque-Simara Island

Marje Pelayo   •   December 3, 2019   •   159

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Tisoy has maintained its strength while moving on to its third landfall before noon Tuesday (December 3).

As of 7:00 AM today, state weather agency PAGASA observed the eyewall of the typhoon in the coastal waters of San Francisco, Quezon, packed with maximum sustained winds of 155 kph and gustiness of up to 235 kph.

It is currently bringing violent winds and heavy to intense rainfall over Southern Quezon, Marinduque, and Romblon.

Within three hours, the eyewall is forecast to affect Cavite, Batangas and the northern portion of Mindoro Provinces.

Meanwhile, the eye of ‘Tisoy’ is expected to make landfall or pass close to Marinduque-Simara Island-Banton Island area before noon, according to PAGASA.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals (TCWS) are now raised over several areas across Luzon and Visayas as Typhoon Tisoy continues to cross over land.

Signal #3 (Winds of greater than 61 kph and up to 120 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours.)

Luzon

  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay
  • Camarines Norte
  • Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands
  • Romblon
  • Southern portion of Quezon (Perez, Alabat, Quezon, Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, Tayabas, Pagbilao, Lucena, Sariaya, Candelaria, Dolores, Tiaong, San Antonio, Atimonan, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Plaridel, Unisan, Pitogo, Gumaca, Lopez, Macalelon, General Luna, Calauag, Catanauan, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Buenavista, Mulanay, San Narciso, San Francisco, San Andres)
  • Marinduque
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
  • Batangas
  • Cavite
  • Laguna

Signal #2 (Winds of greater than 61 kph and up to 120 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours.)

Luzon

  • Catanduanes
  • Sorsogon
  • Metro Manila
  • Bulacan
  • Bataan
  • Tarlac
  • Pampanga
  • Nueva Ecija
  • southern Aurora (Dipaculao, Maria Aurora, Baler, San Luis, Dingalan)
  • Rizal
  • rest of Quezon including Polillo Islands
  • Calamian Islands (Coron, Busuanga, Culion, Linapacan)
  • Cuyo Islands (Cuyo, Magsaysay, Agutaya)
  • Zambales
  • Pangasinan

Visayas

  • Northern Samar
  • Aklan
  • Capiz
  • Northern Antique (Caluya, Libertad, Pandan, Sebaste, Culasi, Tibiao)
  • Northern Iloilo (Carles, Balasan, Estancia, Btad, San Dionisio, Sara, Concepcion, Lemery)

Signal #1 (Winds of 30-60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.)

Luzon

  • Southern Isabela (Palanan, Dinapigue, San Mariano, San Guillermo, Benito Soliven, Naguilian, Reina Mercedes, Luna, Aurora, Cabatuan, San Mateo, Cauayan City, Alicia, Angadanan, Ramon, San Isidro, Echague, Cordon, Santiago City Jones and San Agustin)
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Ilocos Sur
  • La Union
  • Quirino
  • rest of Aurora
  • northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Araceli, Dumaran)

Visayas

  • Eastern Samar
  • Samar
  • Biliran
  • Northern Negros Oriental (Canlaon, Guihulngan, Vallerhermoso)
  • Northern Negros Occidental (Talisay, Calatrava, Silay, Enrique B. Magalona, Victorias, Manapla, Cadiz, Sagay, Escalante, Toboso, Bacolod, Murcia, Salvador Benedicto, San Carlos, Bago, Pulupandan, Valladolid, La Carlota, San Enrique, Pontevedra, La Castellana, Moises Padilla)
  • Northern Cebu (Daanbantayan, Bantayan, Madridejos, Santa Fe, Medellin, Bogo City, San Remigio, Tabogon, Tabuelan, Tuburan, Carmen Borbon, Sogod, Catmon, Asturias and Camotes Islands)
  • Rest of Antique
  • Rest of Iloilo
  • Guimaras
  • Leyte

Several parts of PH to witness annular solar eclipse on Dec. 26

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 12, 2019

The annular solar eclipse as seen from Hongdao of Qingdao, eastern China’s Shandong province, 15 January 2010. EPA-EFE/WU HONG

Several parts of the Philippines will be able to witness the annular solar eclipse on December 26, according to PAGASA.

“An annular eclipse happens when the moon is farthest from Earth. Because the moon is farther away from Earth, it seems smaller and does not block the entire view of the sun thus creating a ‘ring of fire’ effect,” according to PAGASA.

The annular eclipse will be observed in the southernmost part of Davao Occidental.

According to PAGASA, the best site of observation is in Balut and Batulaki, Sarangani Island, Davao Occidental while other parts of the country will observe it as partial solar eclipse.

The earliest start of the eclipse will begin at 12:32 p.m. in Manila while it will begin at 12:43 p.m. in Balut Island. —AAC

Bicol, Northern Samar may expect occasional heavy rains on Tuesday — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   December 10, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The tail-end of a cold front is currently affecting the Bicol Region, Quezon province and Northern Samar, according to PAGASA.

This brings cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over the said areas thus residents are advised to take appropriate actions for possible landslides and flash floods.

Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon is now affecting the rest of Luzon.

Specifically, this brings cloudy skies with light rains over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region and Aurora province where gusty conditions in coastal and mountainous areas are observed.

Mindanao, Palawan, and the rest of Visayas, however, will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.

Similar weather condition will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to the Northeast Monsoon but with no significant impact, PAGASA said.

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DA estimates Typhoon Tisoy damage, losses

Maris Federez   •   December 9, 2019

Fishermen secure boats in anticipation rain and strong winds brought by Typhoon Kammuri, in Cavite City, Philippines, 03 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines— The Department of Agriculture on Monday (December 9) released the estimated damage and losses brought by Typhoon “Tisoy”.

The department announced that Tisoy caused damage and losses to around Php 3.70B.

In a statement released on Monday, the DA said: “the volume of production loss on rice, corn, high-value crops, livestock, and fisheries amounted to 195,046 metric tons, affecting 132,166 hectares and 92,701 farmers and fisherfolks.”

It explained that the increase from the initial estimate of Php 1.93B happened when updated and additional reports from Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Ilocos Region, and Eastern Visayas arrived.

The DA added that, “The damage and losses are only equivalent to 1% of the estimated total rice production by the end of 2019.”

Based on the DA’s monthly projection, losses in rice production is only 9% of the projected production for December. The estimated loss in corn production, meanwhile, was only 1.56%.

The Department said it has an available Php 250 million from the Quick Response Fund (QRF) for rehabilitation.

“The Agricultural Credit and Policy Council (ACPC) allocated PhP 65 million under the Survival Recovery (SURE) Program for assistance. The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) will fast-track the release of indemnity to farmers and fisherfolk hit by the typhoon,” the statement added.

It further said that they have prepared a total of 93,711 bags of rice seeds, 17,999 bags of corn seeds, 1,979 kgs of high-value crops seed reserves ready for distribution to affected farmers who are ready to replant.

Moreover, 7,500 coconut seedlings from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and 151,142 bags of RCEF seeds for eligible RCEF beneficiaries from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) are also ready for distribution in Region 5.

Affected fisherfolks in the region will also receive relief goods, tilapia fingerlings, and fishing paraphernalia (gill nets, bottom set long line, 30ft fiberglass boat engine) from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 5 (BFAR-5).

The DA also said that the concerned RFOs are still conducting field validation to give more accurate reports regarding the impact of Typhoon Tisoy. —mbmf

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