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

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2019   •   654

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.

Signal #1 up in some parts of Luzon as TD Ferdie moves to exit — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   August 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Depression (TD) ‘Ferdie’ continues to enhance the Southwest monsoon as it moves to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Monday morning (August 10).

According to the latest forecast from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA),  the combined effects of TD Ferdie and the enhanced Southwest Monsoon will bring strong breeze-force to near gale-force winds over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA, especially in areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1. 

Gusty conditions are more likely in coastal and mountainous regions of these areas

Residents in affected areas are advised to take precautions against flooding and rain-induced landslides during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards. 

Meanwhile, PAGASA already lifted TCWS#1 for La Union, western portion of Pangasinan, northern portion of Zambales, and several municipalities of Ilocos Sur.

However, TCWS#1 remains for Western portion of Ilocos Norte and the western portion of Ilocos Sur.

PAGASA warned that sea travel is risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS #1 due to rough to very rough seas with waves expected to reach 4 meters in height.

Also, gale Warning is in effect over the seaboards of Zambales, Bataan, western coast of Batangas, western coast of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Calamian Islands, Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, and Isabela.

Thus, sea travel is risky over these areas due to rough to very rough seas.

Those with small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures while venturing out over the seaboards of Visayas and the rest of Luzon due to moderate to rough seas.

LPA East of Aurora province now Tropical Cyclone ‘Enteng’

Marje Pelayo   •   August 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Low Pressure Area (LPA) in the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) has developed into a tropical cyclone ‘Enteng’.

Based on the monitoring of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Enteng’s cyclone depression was estimated at 445km East of Casiguran, Aurora  as of 4:00 AM Saturday (August 8).

TC Enteng is moving towards the north direction at 10 km/h packed with maximum sustained winds of 45km/h and gustiness of up to 55km/h.

The state weather agency noted, however, that it does not expect the weather system to make a landfall in any part of the country.

No tropical cyclone wind signal is raised but ‘Enteng’ will bring scattered light to heavy rains over areas in Bicol and Eastern Visayas.

The cyclone will also enhance the Southwest Monsoon and will bring rains over Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, and occasional rains over Pangasinan and the rest of Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Marinduque, Rizal,  and the rest of Visayas.

Flooding and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.

Monsoon rains to affect areas in Luzon as STS Dindo exits

Marje Pelayo   •   August 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Severe tropical storm (STS) Dindo is expected to exit the Philippine area of Responsibility (PAR) on Monday morning but the southwest monsoon may bring occasional heavy rains over certain areas in Luzon, according to the latest forecast from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

As of 5:00 a.m., the state weather agency located STS Dindo at 475 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes and is now over the Yaeyama Islands in the Southern Ryukyu island in Japan. 

It is moving northwestward towards the East China Sea while exiting PAR this morning. 

It is likely to make landfall over Zhejiang Province in eastern China tomorrow early morning as a Severe Tropical Storm.

PAGASA said no tropical cyclone wind signal is currently in effect as STS Dindo has no direct impact on the country at the moment. 

However, occasional rains due to the Southwest Monsoon will be experienced over Batanes and Babuyan Islands. 

Meanwhile, the Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, the whole of Central Luzon and the rest of Cagayan Valley will be cloudy with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorm also due to the southwest monsoon.

According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Chris Perez, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience generally improving weather condition apart from the isolated afternoon or evening rainshowers or thunderstorms.

The weather bureau is not expecting any tropical cyclone after STS Dindo in the next 24 hours or in the next two to three days, Perez said.

Meanwhile, a gale warning is in effect over the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboards of Central Luzon. 

Sea travel is risky over these areas due to rough to very rough seas with waves that may reach from 2.5 to 4.5 meters.

Those with small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures while venturing out over the other seaboards of Luzon due to moderate to rough seas with waves that could reach from 1.2 to 2.6 meters.

Thus, PAGASA advised the public and concerned local disaster risk reduction and management offices to monitor the agency’s weather advisory to take appropriate measures.

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