‘Ursula’ further weakens, likely to exit PAR on Saturday

Marje Pelayo   •   December 26, 2019   •   675

MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA forecast slight weakening of Typhoon Ursula (International name Phanfone) as it further moves west-northwestward over the West Philippine Sea.

As of 10:00 AM Thursday (December 26), the weather system was located at 235 km Northwest of Coron, Palawan with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

Still, tropical cyclone wind signals (TCWS) #1 remains hoisted over the northwestern portion of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island and Calamian Islands where winds of up to 30 to 60 kph is expected to prevail in 36 hours.

Residents in these areas are advised to take appropriate measures for possible landslides and flashfloods while sea travel remains at high risk over the seaboards of areas under Signal #1 due to rough sea conditions.

Meanwhile, PAGASA already lifted for Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, the rest of Occidental Mindoro, and the rest of extreme northern Palawan.

Through the day, light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains will prevail over northern portion of Palawan including Calamian Islands and Lubang Island.

Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Rizal, and Northern Quezon, likewise, will experience cloudy skies with scattered rains.

According to PAGASA, Ursula is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday (28 December) morning.

TD Carina forecast to weaken into LPA as it nears exit

Marje Pelayo   •   July 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression (TD) Carina is forecast to weaken into a low-pressure area (LPA) on Tuesday (July 14) afternoon or Wednesday morning (July 15). 

According to the latest update from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the weather system is seen to move towards the north direction while heading towards the Bashi Channel and the southern portion of Taiwan. 

As of 11:00AM on Tuesday, TD Carina was located at 155km west of Basco, Batanes. 

It is moving toward the northwest direction at 25 km/h packed with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of 55 km/h. 

PAGASA said tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 (TWCS) remains over Batanes which means isolated light to moderate rains with at times heavy rain showers will prevail today until tomorrow as well as in nearby areas, the Babuyan Islands and Ilocos Norte. 

Metro Manila and the rest of the country, meanwhile, will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers today and tomorrow due to localized thunderstorms. 

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LPA east of Cagayan province develops into TD Carina

Marje Pelayo   •   July 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — At 2:00 am on Monday (July 13), the low pressure area (LPA) spotted east of Cagayan province has developed into tropical depression Carina, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

As of 4:00 AM today, the weather system was located at 315 km East of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan packed with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 55 km/h. It is moving westward at 20 km/h.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1 is raised over the areas of Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, and Northern Cagayan specifically Sta. Ana, Gonzaga, Sta. Teresita, Bugey, Eastern Lal-O and Baggao.)

This means moderate to heavy rains will prevail over Babuyan Islands and the eastern section of mainland Cagayan and Isabela. 

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, the rest of Cagayan Valley, Aurora, and the northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands.

Moderate to rough seas will be experienced over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon in the next 24 hours thus small seacrafts are advised not to venture out to sea.

The center of TD Carina is forecast to pass close to the northeastern portion of Cagayan and the Babuyan Islands between tonight and Tuesday morning. 

A landfall scenario over these areas remains likely, according to PAGASA.

Metro Manila, Western Visayas, and the rest of Luzon, meanwhile, will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to the effects of TD Carina.

Mindanao and the rest of Visayas will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers mostly in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms. 

Zambales, parts of Pangasinan still under Wind Signal #1 due to TD Butchoy

Marje Pelayo   •   June 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Butchoy maintains its strength while moving west-northwestward over the West Philippine Sea.

As of 7:00 AM Friday (June 12),  the center of TD Butchoy was estimated based on all available data at 50 km West of Iba, Zambales.

It is moving towards the west-northwest direction at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour, packed with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.

The weather agency PAGASA has lifted Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1 over Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan and some municipalities in Pangasinan.

However, Wind Signal number 1 remains over Zambales and western portion of Pangasinan where  Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains is expected throughout the day.

PAGASA advised residents in affected areas to prepare for possible flashfloods and landslides.

It advises residents to coordinate with local disaster authorities and constantly monitor PAGASA updates for precautionary actions. 

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