Tropical storm Nyatoh strengthens, to enter PAR Wednesday — PAGASA

Maris Federez   •   December 1, 2021   •   359

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Storm Nyatoh will enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday as it continues to move west-northwestward toward the country’s jurisdiction, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

In its 3:00 AM tropical cyclone advisory, Pagasa said Tropical Storm Nyatoh, to be locally named ‘Odette” once it enters the PAR, was last located at 1,330 kilometers east of southern Luzon, moving with maximum sustained winds of up to 85 kilometers per hour and gustiness up to 105 kph, moving west-northwestward at 15 kph.

But considering its track, Pagasa said the weather disturbance may not affect the country’s prevailing weather conditions and may exit quickly within 24 to 36 hours.

“Based on the current track forecast, its duration within the PAR region will be short, as it may leave the region within 24 to 36 hours of entry. However, the public is advised to continue monitoring for possible eastward or westward shifts in the track forecast of the tropical storm,” the advisory read.

The state weather bureau further said that the tropical cyclone is forecast to intensify into a severe tropical storm in the next 24 hours and that highly favorable conditions will turn it into typhoon category by Thursday and may reach a peak intensity of around 140 kph.

Pagasa added that Tropical Storm Nyatoh is also expected to affect the country for the next three to five days.

“Considering these developments, the public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned are advised to continue monitoring for updates related to this tropical cyclone,” said Pagasa. —/mbmf

PH Coast Guard prepares for possible effects of severe tropical storm

Robie de Guzman   •   December 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday said it has directed all its stations to brace for the possible effects of the looming weather disturbance outside of the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

In a statement, the PCG said its commandant, Admiral Leopoldo Laroya has instructed district, station, and sub-station commanders in areas that will be directly affected by the severe tropical storm (international name: Rai) to prepare for evacuations, rescue operations, and relief missions, in coordination with local government units.

The directive comes ahead of the entry of a tropical cyclone that is still outside PAR. It is expected to enter PAR on Tuesday afternoon or evening and will be locally called “Odette.”

State weather bureau PAGASA said the storm will gradually intensify as it moves to west northwestward direction. It is forecast to reach typhoon category on Wednesday as it moves over the Philippine Sea.

It is expected to make landfall in the vicinity of CARAGA or Eastern Visayas by Thursday afternoon or evening, it added.

The PCG said Laroya specifically instructed Coast Guard units in the Caraga and Western Visayas regions to immediately activate their deployable response groups (DRGs) and quick response teams (QRTs), and inspect available search and rescue (SAR) assets and equipment.

“Let us monitor closely and coordinate proactively to ensure the safety of lives so we could all celebrate Christmas with our families and loved ones,” Laroya said in an alert message sent to concerned Coast Guard officers.

In compliance with the said directive, the PCG said that all vessels that are ‘ready for sail’ are tasked to take shelter today.

Station and Sub-station Commanders in the affected areas are also preparing for the issuance of appropriate maritime safety advisories to fishermen, ship crew, and other maritime stakeholders.

“We all know the drill. I am confident that our men and women will be able to serve our fellow kababayans with patriotism, compassion, and fear of God. Let us all pray for the safety of our first responders so they could serve those who are in need,” Laroya said.

Meanwhile, PCG units in areas that will not be directly affected by Typhoon Odette are tasked to work with the coast guard auxiliary in repacking food, medical supplies, hygiene kits, and other relief packages.

This is to ensure the swift provision of humanitarian assistance to communities that will be affected by the severe tropical storm.

Odette still outside PAR; intensifies into severe tropical storm

Maris Federez   •   December 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Cyclone Odette (international name: Rai) is still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) but has intensified into a severe tropical storm, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) 11 AM weather update.

PAGASA said the storm which is expected to enter the PAR Tuesday afternoon or evening has been cited 1,165 kilometers east of Mindanao carrying maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center, gustiness of up to 115 km/h, and a central pressure of 990 hPa.

“Odette” is moving northwestward at 30 km/h.

Once it enters the PAR, Odette is expected to make landfall in the vicinity of Caraga or Eastern Visayas by Thursday (December 16) afternoon or evening.

While inside the PAR, favorable atmospheric conditions will favor sustained intensification prior to landfall.

This tropical cyclone is forecast to reach the typhoon category on Wednesday (December 16).

Pre-landfall peak intensity of around 155 km/h may be reached by Thursday morning or afternoon, PAGASA said.

The state weather bureau added that there is a high likelihood that Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals (TCWS) will be hoisted for the Visayas, large portions of Mindanao, and several provinces in Southern Luzon due to the threat of strong to typhoon-force winds associated with the passage of Odette.

The highest possible wind signal that may be hoisted is TCWS #3. Localities situated in the eastern portions of Visayas and Mindanao may be placed under TCWS #1 as early as this afternoon or evening, PAGASA said.

In the next 24 hours, the trough of Severe Tropical Storm Odette will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Caraga and Davao Oriental.

The passage of this tropical cyclone over the central portion of the archipelago may bring heavy to torrential rainfall over Visayas, Mindanao, and several provinces in Southern Luzon, which may bring possible flooding and rain-induced landslides.

Coastal flooding due to high waves near the coast and storm surges are also possible for low-lying localities near and along the path of the typhoon.

Odette is expected to bring rough to high seas (reaching very high or phenomenal in the open sea near the center of the cyclone) over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas, and the northern, eastern, and western seaboards of Mindanao.

Considering these developments, the state weather bureau said, the public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned are advised to continue monitoring for updates related to this tropical cyclone.

The next tropical cyclone advisory will be issued at 11:00 PM today unless an intermediate advisory or initial tropical cyclone bulletin is released. —/mbmf

‘Jolina’ weakens into a tropical storm as it heads towards Bataan — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical cyclone Jolina weakened into a tropical storm on Wednesday (September 8) afternoon while moving towards Bataan, according to state weather agency PAGASA.

As of PAGASA’s latest bulletin, tropical storm Jolina is aiming for another landfall over the vicinity of the Bataan peninsula this evening.

In the next 24 hours, areas of Bataan, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro, and Oriental Mindoro will experience heavy to intense rains while the rest of Central Luzon and CALABARZON will have heavy, with at times, intense rains.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains will still prevail over Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Cagayan Valley.

Under these conditions, scattered to widespread flooding including flash floods and rain-induced landslides are highly likely especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.

Currently, tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) #2, characterized by damaging gale-force to storm-force winds within 24 hours, remains over the areas of:

Northern Oriental Mindoro
The northern portion of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Islands,
The central portion of Quezon
Batangas
Cavite
Laguna
Rizal
Metro Manila
The southern portion of Bulacan
Pampanga
Bataan
Zambales
Tarlac

Meanwhile, strong winds within 36 hours may be experienced in the areas under Signal #1 to include:
Marinduque
La Union
The southern portion of Benguet
The southern portion of Nueva Vizcaya
The southern portion of Aurora
Pangasinan
Nueva Ecija
The rest of Bulacan
The northern and southern portions of Quezon including Polillo Islands
The central portion of Oriental Mindoro
The central portion of Occidental Mindoro

As advised earlier, this tropical cyclone is expected to exit the Philippine area of Responsibility (PAR) tomorrow evening or Friday early morning.

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