Tropical Depression off Visayas intensifies, to enter PAR Friday – PAGASA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 11, 2019   •   266

MANILA, Philippines – A tropical depression spotted off the Visayas has intensified and is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) within 48 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported Wednesday.  

In its weather advisory, PAGASA said the tropical depression was last located at 1,495 kilometers east of Visayas, still outside PAR.

It has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (km/h) with gustiness of up to 70 km/h. It is moving towards the direction of east northeast at 15 km/h.

By Thursday morning, the tropical depression is forecasted to be at 1,390 km east of Daet, Camarines Norte; 1,150 km east of Aparri, Cagayan on Friday morning.

Once it enters PAR, PAGASA said it will be named “Marilyn.” It is less likely to make landfall in the country.

The trough of this weather disturbance and the southwest monsoon (habagat) will bring scattered light to moderate rains with at times heavy rains (during thunderstorms) over Mindoro, Romblon, Marinduque, northern Palawan (including Calamian and Cuyo Island), Visayas and Bicol region.

The state weather bureau advised the public and concerned disaster risk reduction and management council to monitor for the next update on this weather disturbance at 4 p.m. today.

Southwest monsoon to bring cloudy skies with intermittent rains over Luzon, Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical depression ‘Nimfa’ maintains strength while moving almost stationary, according to state weather service PAGASA.

At 3:00 AM on Wednesday (September 18), the center of the weather system was located at 670 km East of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

Meanwhile, PAGASA is also monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) which was observed in the vicinity San Jose, Tarlac.

According to PAGASA, monsoon rains ranging from frequent light to moderate with occasional heavy rain showers will prevail over Central Luzon, Batangas, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro, and northern portions of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands throughout Wednesday due to the combined effects of the southwest monsoon (habagat) and the LPA.

Likewise, habagat will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, CALABARZON and the rest of MIMAROPA.

The trough of the tropical depression will also bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region.

Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will be experienced in Mindanao and the rest of Visayas due to localized thunderstorms.

 Residents of the aforementioned areas are advised to take precautionary measures for possible flashfloods and landslides.

Sea travels is discouraged especially for small sea vessels over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon due to potentially rough to very rough sea conditions.

Meanwhile, most of the other seaboards of the country will remain moderate to rough.

As of this writing, there is no Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) raised in any parts of the country, according to PAGASA.

Monsoon rains to prevail over parts of Luzon, Visayas as PAGASA monitors two LPAs

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA is monitoring two low pressure areas (LPAs) inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) while the southwest monsoon is affecting parts of Luzon and Visayas.

According to PAGASA’s 4:00 AM bulletin, the LPA was observed at 715km East of Basco, Batanes while another LPA was located at 130km West Southwest of Iba, Zambales.

For Tuesday (September 17), PAGASA said monsoon rains will prevail over Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Palawan, and Mindoro Provinces.

Flashfloods in low lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas are highly possible thus residents are advised to take precautionary measures.

Meanwhile, cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms will be experienced in Bicol Region, Western Visayas, and the rest of Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA also due to the effects of the southwest monsoon.

The trough of the LPA will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region.

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

54 areas flooded due to TD Marilyn

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 16, 2019

A total of 54 areas across the country were flooded due to the southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical depression Marilyn.

Based on the situational report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of September 15, the flooded areas that were affected include Pampanga, Negros Occidental, and Zamboanga City.

Several houses were damaged due to the flood, however, there were no reported accidents involving residents in the said areas as families have been evacuated.

The NDRRMC also reported that flood water in the affected areas is already subsiding.

A total of 1,726 families or 8,412 individuals were affected by TD Marilyn in Regions IX, XI, and XII.—AAC

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