Typhoon Hanna gains strength as it nears exit on Friday

Marje Pelayo   •   August 8, 2019   •   1222

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Hanna continues to intensify as it moves towards Japan, according to the latest forecast from state weather service PAGASA.

As of 4:00 AM on Thursday (August 8), the eye of Typhoon Hanna was located at 485 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes, packed with maximum sustained winds of 175 kph and is moving northwest at 15 kph towards the southern part of Ryukyu islands in Japan.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TWCS) #1 remains over Batanes and Babuyan group of islands where light to moderate rains with at times heavy rains and gusty winds will be experienced throughout the day brought about by the enhanced southwest monsoon or habagat.

Likewise, moderate to heavy monsoon rains may affect MIMAROPA, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, and Batangas.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may prevail over Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas.

PAGASA warned that sea travel is not advised over the seaboards of Batanes, the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas, and the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao due to potentially rough sea conditions.

The weather agency said Typhoon Hanna is less likely to make landfall on any part of the country but will continue to intensify as it nears exiting the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) expectedly Friday morning.

Isolated rains to prevail over Metro Manila, rest of the country Friday

Marje Pelayo   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Generally, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers on Friday (April 9) according to the state weather bureau PAGASA.

This is due to the effects of localized thunderstorms which can be severe and may cause flash floods and landslides.

Meanwhile, the northeasterly surface windflow is affecting northern Luzon and gives partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains over Cagayan Valley, Ilocos Region, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

However, the weather system has no significant impact.

This year, the country experienced its first tropical cyclone mid of February named Tropical Depression Auring.

Throughout the year, the country is expecting 20 to 22 cyclones which usually arrives from June to October.

PAGASA warns public vs scammers using agency’s name to solicit money

Robie de Guzman   •   March 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Tuesday warned the public against unscrupulous individuals posing as officials of the agency to extort money from their victims.

PAGASA said it issued the warning after receiving a report that an email had been sent to a contractor by someone pretending to be a PAGASA official to solicit donations to a certain foundation.

“We do not tolerate and detest that misrepresentation,” the state weather agency said in an advisory.

“Please be advised that no individuals or organization are authorized to use the name of PAGASA, its officials, and employees for a favor,” it added.

The agency urged the public to immediately report to authorities if they received any similar messages or calls seeking solicitation using its name.

PAGASA Public Information Unit may be reached via telephone number (02) 8284-0800 local 102 to 103 or send an email at information@pagasa.dost.gov.ph.

PAGASA lifts tropical cyclone wind signal as ‘Auring’ weakens into LPA

Marje Pelayo   •   February 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA has downgraded the weather system formerly known as Tropical Depression ‘Auring’ into a low pressure area (LPA) after it weakened at 11:00 AM Monday (February 22) prior to crossing the Rapu-Rapu Islands, Albay.

The weather bureau forecast the LPA to move northwestward to westward and may traverse Bicol Region, southern Quezon, Marinduque, and northern Mindoro in the next 24 hours. 

There is an increasing likelihood of the disturbance dissipating while traversing Southern Luzon.

Still, moderate to heavy with at times intense rains prevail over Bicol Region, Quezon, Marinduque, and Romblon throughout the day.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains is still being experienced over Aurora, Rizal, Laguna, Northern Samar, and the rest of MIMAROPA.

Though Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1 is now lifted, the northeast monsoon will continue to bring strong breeze conditions over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Aurora, and Quezon.

As of 3:00 PM today, the LPA (formerly Tropical Depression “Auring”) was estimated West Southwest of Legazpi City, Albay. northeast monsoon affecting Northern Luzon.

With this development and unless re-intensification occurs, PAGASA said this will be the final weather bulletin for this weather disturbance. 

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