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Tropical Depression ‘Chedeng’ may enter PAR this weekend: PAGASA

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Image by: DOST PAGASA HIMAWARI-8 IR1

MANILA, Philippines – A tropical depression may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday evening or early Sunday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

If it enters PAR, it will be locally named “Chedeng.”

According to PAGASA, the weather disturbance was last spotted 1,505 kilometers East of Mindanao this morning.

It packed maximum sustained winds of up to 45 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 60kph. It is moving westward at the speed of 20kph.

PAGASA said scattered to at times widespread heavy rains may be experienced over provinces in the eastern section of Mindanao on Monday and Tuesday due to the weather disturbance.

While unlikely, the state weather bureau also said it may possibly make a landfall over the eastern part of Davao Oriental in Mindanao either on Monday or Tuesday.

The tropical depression may also weaken to a low pressure area before it hits the landmass.

PAGASA advised residents in areas prone to flooding and landslides to continue monitoring for weather updates. – Robie de Guzman

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Expect good weather on election day – PAGASA

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Rain or shine, the 2019 midterm elections will push through on Monday (May 13).

State weather bureau PAGASA thus reminds the public to bring anything necessary to keep protected from the scorching heat or the possible downpour while queuing at polling precincts.

According to the forecast, the Northern and Central Luzon will experience good weather with higher temperatures expected in areas of Dagupan City, Tuguegarao City, and Isabela.

Heat index in said areas may soar to up to 40 °C so the public is advised to drink and bring plenty of water to avoid dehydration or heat stroke.

“Back doon sa fair weather and then mainit na temperature lalo na sa tanghali,” warned DOST-PAGASA Weather Specialist Benison Estareja.

It is also advisable to wear lightweight and light-colored clothes to remain comfortable.

Meanwhile, PAGASA advises residents in large areas in Visayas and Mindanao as the Intertropical Convergence Zone or ITCZ is expected to bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in the said areas on election day on Monday.

Residents in low-lying areas are advised to wear their most comfortable rain gear and boots to prevent contraction of water-borne diseases such as leptospirosis.

Voters are advised to bring their own food as it is prohibited to accept money and even food items from election candidates.

Based on the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) contingency plan, members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will have to ensure that no one remains inside the polling precincts in the event of an earthquake.

The Board of Election Inspectors (BOI), meanwhile, will have to secure the vote counting machines and election ballots in cases of emergencies.

“What do you do with the ballots that are already on the tables? They cannot be brought out certainly. The police are under instruction to secure the polling place if, for instance, the VCMs cannot be taken out or the VCMs cannot be protected then the school is locked down,” explained Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez.

Jimenez clarified, however, that in the event of calamities, the poll body can always declare a failure of election depending on the extent of its effects. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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TD ‘Chedeng’ enters PAR; storm signal no. 1 raised in 6 areas

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical depression ‘Chedeng’ has slightly slowed down while maintaining its strength after it entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Sunday (March 17) afternoon.

As of 4:00 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the center of “Chedeng” was estimated at 650 km East of Davao City packed with maximum sustained winds of up to 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 60 km/h.

It moves towards the west direction at at 15 km/h.

The state weather bureau said tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS) number 1 is raised over Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Sur, Davao City, Davao Occidental, Southern part of Davao del Norte including Samal Island, Eastern part of North Cotabato and Eastern part of Sarangani.

Residents in these areas are expected to experience winds of 30 to 60kph in the 36 hours.

Meanwhile, widespread moderate to heavy rains will prevail over the areas of Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, and Davao del Norte today (March 18) and in most parts of Mindanao tomorrow (March 19).

Residents of these areas, especially those living in flood and landslide-prone areas are advised to undertake necessary preparations and continue monitoring for updates.

Those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao, as well as the seaboards of areas under tropical cyclone warning signal. Chedeng is expected to make landfall over the eastern coast of Davao Oriental between Monday night and Tuesday morning. — Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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TD ‘Usman’ enters PAR, threatens Eastern Visayas

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

Satellite imagery as of December 25 (5:20 p.m PHT) | PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines – As of 3:00 pm, weather bureau PAGASA has monitored tropical depression ‘Usman’ at  955km east of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur packed with maximum sustained winds of 45km/h and gustiness of 65km/h.

It moves in the northwest direction at 20km/h.

PAGASA said, warning signals in some parts of the country will be raised tomorrow (December 26).

Based on PAGASA’s forecast, tropical depression Usman is expected to make landfall somewhere in Eastern Visayas on Friday, December 28.

‘Usman’ is the 21st tropical cyclone that entered the Philippine area of responsibility in 2018. – Rey Pelayo

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