Tropical Storm Leon to bring heavy rains over parts of Luzon, may exit PAR on Thursday

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2020   •   652

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical depression Leon has developed into a tropical storm, according to the latest bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

As of 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday (September 16), TS Leon was located at 225 km west northwest of Coron, Palawan, packed with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h and is moving west northwest at 10 km/h.

TS Leon is expected to further strengthen and is forecast to reach severe tropical storm category within 24 hours and then develop into a typhoon within 48 hours, according to PAGASA.

The agency warned of moderate to heavy rains over the areas of Aurora, Rizal, Palawan (including Kalayaan, Calamian, and Cuyo Islands), Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, Western Visayas, and Negros Oriental due to combined impact of TS Leon and the Southwest Monsoon or Habagat.

As of 5:00 am today, no tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) is in effect as the agency lifted the wind signal previously raised over Calamian Island in Palawan. 

However, gusty winds may be experienced in the areas of Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Palawan (including Kalayaan, Calamian, and Cuyo Islands), Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, and Western Visayas.

Meanwhile, moderate to at times heavy rains are expected over Bicol Region, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, Metro Manila, Isabela, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and the rest of Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and Visayas.

PAGASA advised residents in affected areas to monitor against potential flooding and rain-induced landslides during times of heavy or prolonged rainfall.

Meanwhile, gale Warning is in effect over the western seaboard of Palawan (including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands) and Occidental Mindoro (including Lubang Island) due to rough to very rough seas with waves reaching up to 4.5 meters.

Sea travel is risky over these areas.

Tropical storm Leon expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday morning (September 17).

Rains across PH due to southwest monsoon, ITCZ — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Since it is the onset of the rainy season, wet days are expected across the country.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the southwest monsoon is now affecting Luzon and Western Visayas.

Specifically, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon as well as Western Visayas will continue to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms which may possibly cause flash floods or landslides due to moderate or at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is affecting the rest of the country bringing partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. .

These conditions may cause flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms in areas susceptible to these hazards.

PAGASA advises the public to closely monitor weather updates through the agency’s official website and social media accounts.

Monsoon rains affecting Luzon, LPA brewing east of Borongan City, E. Samar – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Expect rains in the coming days as the onset of rainy season is here, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

On Tuesday (June 8), the agency spotted a brewing low pressure area (LPA) in the east-southeastern side of Borongan City, Eastern Samar.

It is embedded along the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) which is currently affecting Visayas and Mindanao.

Specifically, the ITCZ is bringing cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Eastern Visayas and Caraga regions.

Meanwhile, the areas of Zambales, Palawan, and Mindoro provinces are now experiencing cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms as well due to the effects of the Southwest Monsoon.

The combined effects of both weather systems – ITCZ and monsoon rains – are what’s causing partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

PAGASA declares onset of rainy season

Robie de Guzman   •   June 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Friday officially declared the start of the rainy season in the Philippines.

PAGASA said the passage of Tropical Storm Dante and the occurrence of widespread rainfall monitored in the last five days for areas under Type I climate confirm the onset of the rainy season.

“The probability of near to above normal rainfall conditions is high in the next two months (June-July),” the state weather bureau said.

“However, breaks in rainfall events (also known as monsoon breaks), which can last for several days or weeks, may still occur,” it added.

The agency said intermittent rains, associated with the Southwest monsoon will continue to affect Metro Manila and the western section of the country.

PAGASA urged the public and all concerned agencies to take precautionary measures against the impacts of the rainy season.

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