‘Ramon’ now a severe tropical storm, aims for Northern Cagayan — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   November 18, 2019   •   155

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical storm Ramon has intensified into a severe tropical storm as it aims for landfall towards northern Cagayan, according to state weather service PAGASA.

Based on PAGASA’s 5:00 PM, the center of the storm is at 125 km East of Aparri, Cagayan with sustained winds of 100 kph and gustiness of up to 125 kph while moving towards the West-Northwest direction at 10 kph.

It is expected to make landfall between Monday night (November 18) and Tuesday morning (November 19).

Thus, tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 2 was raised over the following areas:

  • Cagayan (including the Babuyan Islands)
  • Northern portion of Isabela (Sta. Maria, San Pablo, Maconacon, Cabagan, Sto. Tomas, Quezon, Delfino Albano, Tumauini, and Divilacan)
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Ilocos Norte

These areas may experience winds of greater than 61 kph and up to 120 kph in at least 24 hours, PAGASA warned.

Meanwhile, TCWS No. 1 remains hoisted over the following areas:

  • Batanes
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Abra
  • Mountain Province
  • Benguet
  • Ifugao
  • La Union
  • Northern Aurora (Dilasag, Casiguran, and Dinalungan)
  • Rest of Isabela

Winds of 30-60 kph may be expected in these areas at least 36 hours or intermittent rains within 36 hours.

PAGASA advised residents in the said areas to prepare for possible landslides and flashfloods and to monitor updates from PAGASA regarding the current weather system.

Likewise, sea travel remains risky especially for small sea crafts, over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, the western seaboard of Northern Luzon, and the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions.

Several parts of PH to witness annular solar eclipse on Dec. 26

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 12, 2019

The annular solar eclipse as seen from Hongdao of Qingdao, eastern China’s Shandong province, 15 January 2010. EPA-EFE/WU HONG

Several parts of the Philippines will be able to witness the annular solar eclipse on December 26, according to PAGASA.

“An annular eclipse happens when the moon is farthest from Earth. Because the moon is farther away from Earth, it seems smaller and does not block the entire view of the sun thus creating a ‘ring of fire’ effect,” according to PAGASA.

The annular eclipse will be observed in the southernmost part of Davao Occidental.

According to PAGASA, the best site of observation is in Balut and Batulaki, Sarangani Island, Davao Occidental while other parts of the country will observe it as partial solar eclipse.

The earliest start of the eclipse will begin at 12:32 p.m. in Manila while it will begin at 12:43 p.m. in Balut Island. —AAC

Bicol, Northern Samar may expect occasional heavy rains on Tuesday — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   December 10, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The tail-end of a cold front is currently affecting the Bicol Region, Quezon province and Northern Samar, according to PAGASA.

This brings cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over the said areas thus residents are advised to take appropriate actions for possible landslides and flash floods.

Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon is now affecting the rest of Luzon.

Specifically, this brings cloudy skies with light rains over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region and Aurora province where gusty conditions in coastal and mountainous areas are observed.

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

Similar weather condition will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to the Northeast Monsoon but with no significant impact, PAGASA said.

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All wind signals now lifted as ‘Tisoy’ further weakens — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   December 4, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA has lifted all tropical cyclone wind signals (TCWS) as severe tropical storm ‘Tisoy’ further weakens while moving towards the West Philippine Sea.

As of 10:00 AM on Wednesday (December 4), the weather disturbance was located at 290 km West Southwest of Subic, Zambales with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph and gustiness of up to 115 kph while moving towards the west-northwest direction at 15 kph.

PAGASA said, however, that moderate to rough seas may still prevail over the western seaboard of Central Luzon and the southern seaboard of Southern Luzon.

Furthermore, moderate with occasional heavy rains is seen to affect the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Aurora.

Residents in these areas are advised to take appropriate actions for possible landslides and flashfloods.

Meanwhile, sea travel is not advised especially for small sea vessels over the seaboards of Northern Luzon, eastern seaboard of Central Luzon, and the eastern and western seaboards of Southern Luzon due to rough sea conditions.

Likewise, gusty conditions associated with the Northeast Monsoon may also be experienced in other areas of Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, CALABARZON and MIMAROPA, especially in the coastal and mountainous areas.

According to PAGASA, ‘Tisoy’ is likely to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility between tonight and tomorrow morning.

It is also expected to further weaken due to the effects of the Northeast Monsoon.

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