Tropical cyclones ‘Ramon’ and ‘Sarah’ barrel through parts of Cagayan

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2019   •   369

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ramon has weakened into a tropical storm after making landfall on Tuesday evening (November 19), state weather service PAGASA said.

Based on the agency’s latest bulletin, ‘Ramon’ was located in the vicinity of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph and gustiness of up to 140 kph while moving Southwest at 15 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 remains over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur where stormy weather prevails.

Signal No. 1, meanwhile, prevails over Northern portion of Isabela, Mountain Province, Benguet, Ifugao, La Union, and Pangasinan where occasional rains with gusty winds is being experienced.

Tropical storm ‘Ramon’ is forecast to weaken into a low pressure area (LPA) within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, areas in Cagayan under Signal No.1 for tropical depression ‘Sarah’ remains under Signal No. 2 for tropical storm ‘Ramon’ due to the prevailing strong winds.

Based on PAGASA’s 8:00 AM bulletin, TD Sarah was located at 510 km East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 750 km East of Infanta, Quezon, packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and gustiness of up to 70 kph while moving northwest at 25 kph.

TD Sarah, meanwhile, is forecast to intensify into a tropical storm within 12 hours.

Residents in areas affected by TCWS are advised to take appropriate actions and coordinate with disaster authorities for updates and assistance in case of emergency, especially those living in low-lying areas, coastal towns and areas susceptible to flashfloods and landslides.

Sea travel remains risky especially for small sea vessels over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, as well as the seaboards of southern Isabela, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes, the western seaboards of Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro and Palawan, and the northern seaboard of Camarines Sur due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions caused by the effects of the tropical storm Ramon, tropical depression Sarah and the Northeast Monsoon.

In Metro Manila and the rest of the country, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will be experienced due to localized thunderstorms.

‘Ursula’ further weakens, likely to exit PAR on Saturday

Marje Pelayo   •   December 26, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA forecast slight weakening of Typhoon Ursula (International name Phanfone) as it further moves west-northwestward over the West Philippine Sea.

As of 10:00 AM Thursday (December 26), the weather system was located at 235 km Northwest of Coron, Palawan with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

Still, tropical cyclone wind signals (TCWS) #1 remains hoisted over the northwestern portion of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island and Calamian Islands where winds of up to 30 to 60 kph is expected to prevail in 36 hours.

Residents in these areas are advised to take appropriate measures for possible landslides and flashfloods while sea travel remains at high risk over the seaboards of areas under Signal #1 due to rough sea conditions.

Meanwhile, PAGASA already lifted for Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, the rest of Occidental Mindoro, and the rest of extreme northern Palawan.

Through the day, light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains will prevail over northern portion of Palawan including Calamian Islands and Lubang Island.

Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Rizal, and Northern Quezon, likewise, will experience cloudy skies with scattered rains.

According to PAGASA, Ursula is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday (28 December) morning.

Cop, first reported casualty in Leyte as Typhoon ‘Ursula’ lashes parts of Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   December 25, 2019

LEYTE, Philippines – The Leyte Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) reported one fatality as Typhoon Ursula continues to batter the municipality of Abuyog.

According to Leyte PDRRMC head, Arvin Monge, investigation is ongoing to verify if the person’s cause of death is related to the onslaught of the typhoon.

“Isang police iyon na electrocuted. Nakuryente siya. Iyon ang casualty ngayon na isa (He is a police who was eletrocuted. He’s our first casualty),” Monge confirmed.

Disaster authorities have started clearing operations on major roads in the province to make them passable for emergency and relief workers.

Aside from uprooted trees, authorities also noted a number of damaged utility posts and cables.

Response teams are doubling their efforts to speed up the clearing works in order for the power lines to be restored as soon as possible, according to Monge.

“Kailangan natin ng fuel so iyon ang ating binabantayan. Tapos accessibility ng ating mga sasakyan. So iyon ang ating kailangan (We need fuel so that’s what we are addressing right now. Then accessibility for the vehicles, that’s what we need),” he said.

“Kailangan ma-clear talaga ang ating mga road as per governor’s instruction (The roads need to be cleared as per the governor’s instructions),” he added.

As expected, passengers remain stranded in ports and terminals in the province due to lack of transportation service.

Likewise, communication line is also cut in most parts of the province. – MNP (with details from Jennelyn Valles)

‘Ursula’ barrels down on Masbate, parts of Visayas with destructive winds, intense rains

Marje Pelayo   •   December 25, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Destructive winds and intense rainfall are currently affecting southwestern Masbate due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ursula (International name Phanfone), state weather agency PAGASA said.

According to PAGASA’s 8:00 AM bulletin, Typhoon Ursula managed to maintain its strength while moving westward off the coast of Capiz.

Aside from Masbate, the eyewall of the weather system is currently lashing the areas of Aklan, Capiz, northern Antique, northeastern Iloilo, and Romblon with strong winds and heavy rainfall, according to PAGASA.

Meanwhile, the southern portion of Mindoro provinces will be affected by the eye wall in the coming hours.

PAGASA warned residents in these areas to prepare as the passage of the eye may bring calm conditions but expect it to bring violent conditions associated with the eyewall as soon as it moves out of the area.

Until Wednesday (December 25) evening, occasional to frequent heavy with intermittent intense rains over Masbate, northern Negros Provinces, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, Romblon, Calamian Islands, Cuyo Islands, and Mindoro Provinces.

Light to moderate rains with isolated heavy rainshowers during thunderstorms over Bicol Region, rest of Visayas, CALABARZON, Metro Manila, Marinduque, Aurora and the northern portion of mainland Palawan.

Residents in these areas are advised to take appropriate measures to reduce the potential impact of flooding and rain-induced landslides, especially in areas identified to be highly to very highly susceptible to these hazards, PAGASA said.

As such, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) remains in several areas across Luzon and Visayas due to Typhoon Ursula.

Signal #3 (Winds of greater than 121 kph up to 170 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours.)

Luzon

  • Western Masbate
  • Romblon
  • Southern Oriental Mindoro
  • Southern Occidental Mindoro
  • Calamian Islands

Visayas

  • Capiz
  • Aklan
  • northern Antique
  • Northern Iloilo

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

Luzon

  • Southern portion of Quezon
  • Marinduque
  • the rest of Oriental Mindoro
  • the rest of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • the rest of Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands
  • Cuyo Islands
  • and extreme northern portion of mainland Palawan

Visayas

  • Extreme northern Cebu including Bantayan Islands
  • the rest of Iloilo
  • the rest of Antique
  • Guimaras
  • and northern Negros Occidental

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

  • Bataan
  • Metro Manila
  • Rizal
  • Cavite
  • the rest of Quezon
  • Laguna
  • Batangas
  • Camarines Sur
  • Camarines Norte
  • Catanduanes
  • the rest northern mainland Palawan
  • Cagayancillo Islands

Visayas

  • Northern Samar. Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Biliran
  • Leyte
  • Bohol
  • the rest of Cebu
  • the rest of Negros Occidental
  • Negros Oriental

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