QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The weather bureau PAGASA clarified on Wednesday (September 12) that other parts of the country may also experience rains even those which are not on the direct path of Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong).
This is because the weather system is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon or habagat.
The agency said monsoon rains are now being experienced in the Mindanao region particularly in the Zamboanga Peninsula, northern Mindanao, Siquijor, Surigao Del Norte, Agusan Del Norte, Dinagat Islands, and Lanao Del Sur.
On Thursday (September 13), monsoon rains will also be experienced in Palawan, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas. This weather condition will extend until Friday (September 14) and will include the central Visayas.
By Saturday (September 15), monsoon rains will still prevail over Palawan, the Zamboanga Peninsula, and Western and Central Visayas.
Meanwhile, PAGASA warns of a potential storm surge in the eastern and northern seaboards of Cagayan which is likely to reach up to six meters high.
A storm surge is the rising of the sea associated with a storm. It occurred in 2013 during the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas where most of the houses in the coastal areas were inundated.
According to PAGASA Administrator Vic Malano, Mangkut is likely to reach the wind strength of 220kph paralleled to a super typhoon that can cause widespread damage to high-risk structures and heavy damage to medium-risk ones. – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo
Brewing storm affects most parts of PH
Satellite image as of November 13, 2018, 8:50 a.m. | PAGASA
A low-pressure area (LPA) is currently affecting most parts of the country.
PAGASA spotted the weather system at 235 kilometers east-southeast of Davao City, Davao Del Sur.
Based on the forecast of PAGASA, Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao will experience scattered rains and thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, amihan or the northeast monsoon is affecting Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon where isolated rain showers are expected.
PAGASA said that the LPA may intensify into a tropical depression and will be named “Simeon”. — Yssa Jalmasco
Trapped bus passenger films landslide in Philippines
Screengrab from the video of landslide filmed by Kersee Masilem | via Reuters
A woman trapped in a bus filmed falling rocks and trees being uprooted by a landslide on Sunday (November 4) in Benguet, a remote mountainous region on the Luzon island in the Philippines.
Kersee Masillem, who filmed the scene, was sitting on a bus which could not reverse as another vehicle was blocking the road behind it.
She watched soil and rocks slip down a hillside for several minutes as huge landslide, which uprooted trees, hit the mountainside filling the nearby road with debris.
Rocks can be heard bouncing off the bus and passengers screaming inside. No one is believed to have been injured.
The landslide took place at Man-asok near Buguias in the Benguet province, an area prone to landslides.
More than 60 people were killed in the province by landslides triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut in September. — Reuters
LPA outside PAR intensifies into a tropical depression
Satellite imagery as of Friday (11:20 am, September 21, 2018) | PAGASA
A low-pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) is now a tropical depression.
PAGASA has spotted the weather system at 2,160 kilometers east of Southern Luzon.
It packs maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 65 kilometers per hour (kph) while moving north-northwestward at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour (kph).
PAGASA said that it can possibly enter the PAR on Sunday (September 23) and will be named Paeng.
As of now, it has no direct effect on the country, however, it is expected to further intensify and developed into a tropical storm.
Batanes area may possibly be affected by the weather disturbance on next Friday (September 28). — UNTV News & Rescue