Stormy Christmas

The supervised low pressure area (LPA) is expected to become a storm in the Pacific Ocean and expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) four days before Christmas.

Because of this, the weather in the east of Visayas and Mindanao is constantly monitored by the weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

According to PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez, such bad weather is expected to enter PAR’s this coming Friday, December 21.

It is possible that the upcoming storm will pass through the provinces that were greatly affected by the typhoon “Pablo” in the first part of the month, December.

If the expected storm enters the country’s territory, it will be called typhoon “Quinta”.

‘Helen’ Makes Landfall In Isabela

Tropical storm “Helen” (international name: Kai-tak) made landfall in Isabela before dawn Wednesday, a PAGASA forecaster said. PAGASA forecaster Gener Quitlong, in an interview over radio dzMM, said Helen made landfall in Palanan, Isabela at 1 a.m. Isabela officials had already carried out a preemptive evacuation in anticipation of the storm.

The province is also under threat of flooding as the Magat dam was already at 189.72 meters, which is only 0.28 meter short its spilling level of 190 meters. The dam was releasing 321 cubic meters per second of water as of 4 a.m., PAGASA said

Meanwhile, Quitlong said Helen is now crossing over Kalinga and Apayao, and is expected to exit the Philippine landmass in Ilocos Norte between 4 and 6 p.m. today.

The storm will then head towards southern China and exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday morning. As of 5 a.m., PAGASA said Helen was located 60 kilometers south southeast of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. The storm was still packing winds of 85 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center with gustiness of up to 100 kph. It was moving west northwest at 17 kph.

Storm warning signal number 2 remains hoisted over the following areas:

Cagayan

Babuyan Group of Islands

Calayan Group of Islands

Batanes Group of Islands

Isabela

Northern Aurora

Quirino

Nueva Vizcaya

Benguet

Ifugao

Mt. Province

Ilocos Sur

Apayao

Kalinga

Ilocos Norte

Abra

Meanwhile, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Tarlac, La Union and the rest of Aurora remain under storm warning signal number 1.

Preschool to high school classes are automatically suspended in areas under signal number 2, while classes in preschool are automatically suspended in areas under signal number 1. “Residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal #2 and #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides,” PAGASA said.

“Likewise, those living in coastal areas under public storm warning #2 are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical storm,” it added.

PAGASA said moderate to heavy rains (7.5 -12 millimeters per hour) were being experienced over Mindoro, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite and Metro Manila; and intermittent light to moderate rains (2.5 – 7.5 mm/hr) over central Luzon and the rest of southern Luzon.

The rains over central and southern Luzon, and Visayas, especially the western section, were due to the enhanced southwest monsoon, Quitlong said.

Death Toll From ‘Habagat’ Rains Nears 100

The number of people who lost their lives from last week’s torrential rains has reached 92, latest government data revealed on Monday.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said most of the deaths were recorded in Central Luzon with 38; followed by the National Capital Region (32); MIMAROPA (15); Region I (6); and Region IV-B (1).

NDRRMC data showed that drowning was the most common cause of death with 66 cases.

The other causes of death were: landslide (12); electrocution (4); heart attack (3); struck by lightning (2); hit by falling trees (2); nervous breakdown (1). The cause of death of two of the fatalities were not indicated.

The number of people affected by torrential rains and floods rose to 3.45 million. Of this number, 89, 114 families or 410,729 people were still inside evacuation centers.

Meanwhile, the total cost of damage to infrastructure and agriculture in affected areas has reached P616,376,611.50.

Severe flooding also damaged 8,629 houses in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B and VI.

A total of 40 towns, cities and provinces have so far declared a state of calamity.

NDRRMC Executive Director Benito Ramos said coastal areas such as Hagonoy, Calumpit, Marilao and Obando in Bulacan; and Apalit, Sasmuan, Candaba, Masantol and Lubao in Pampanga remain flooded.

“Nakadugtong ito sa dagat, lalo na kung high tide, babagal ang pag-hupa ng baha,” Ramos told dzMM.

PAGASA said Metro Manila and nearby areas remain under threat to possible torrential rains as tropical depression “Helen” moves closer to the Philippines.

PAGASA forecaster Samuel Duran said sea conditions remain favorable for Helen to develop into a storm, threatening to bring heavy rains over the Philippines by enhancing the southwest monsoon (habagat).

Duran said Helen is forecast to hit extreme northern Luzon, but may still bring rains to central and southern Luzon which are still reeling from the effects of the two weeks of raining from tropical cyclone “Gener” and the enhanced southwest monsoon.

As of 7 a.m., Helen was located 600 kilometers east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora. It was moving slowly at 9 kilometers per hour.

Ramos, meanwhile, said local government units are more prepared than ever in responding to disasters, citing stronger links between the NDRRMC and its local counter parts.

He said 86% of LGUs so far have established local disaster management councils.

‘Gener’ To Exit PAR On Thursday – PAGASA

Typhoon “Gener” (international name: Saolo) is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday, the state weather bureau said.

In its latest bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the typhoon continues to move in a north northwest direction away from the country.

PAGASA has lifted the storm signal warning in Cagayan and Aparri, but Signal No. 1 remains hoisted over the Batanes Group of Islands, Calayan Group of Islands and Babuyan Group of Islands.

Gener, which was last spotted 395 kilometers north northeast of Basco, Batanes, has maintained its strength and will continue to cause rains because of its effect on the southwest monsoon.

More rains and moderate to strong winds over Luzon and Western Visayas are expected in the next few days, according to PAGASA.

PAGASA continues to warn residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas against flashfloods and landslides.

The typhoon has left at least 14 people dead and forced thousands of families to flee their homes due to floods.

Storm Signal No. 2 Remain Under 10 Luzon Areas

Tropical storm “Dindo” (international name: Doksuri) maintains its strength as it moves towards north Luzon, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Thursday. Storm signal number 2 remains hoisted over 10 areas in northern Luzon.

In its latest weather bulletin issued on Thursday morning, Dindo 260 kilometers (kms) east of Aparri, Cagayan last spotted by PAGASA.

The storm continued its strength, packing winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up 90 kph. It was moving west northwest at 19 kph.

Rainfall of 15 to 25 millimeter per hour (heavy to intense) within its 400 kms diameter  is estimated expected to dump.

Storm signal number 2 remains raised over the following areas:

•             Cagayan

•             Calayan Group of Islands

•             Babuyan Group of Islands

•             Isabela

•             Batanes Group of Islands

•             Apayao

•             Kalinga

•             Ilocos Norte

•             Abra

•             Mt. Province

Storm Signal 1 remains up in the following areas:

•             La Union

•             Ilocos Sur

•             Aurora

•             Ifugao

•             Nueva Vizcaya

•             Quirino

•             Benguet

PAGASA forecaster Gener Quitlong mainly advised residents of strong winds and flooding in Cagayan province, where the eye of the storm is predictable to hit between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. today.

Calayan Group of Islands is the storm’s eye will also hit between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Dindo will expect to be 190 kms north northwest of Aparri, Cagayan by Friday morning.

The storm enhances the southwest monsoon (habagat) rains are still expected over the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao as PAGASA also issued a gale warning over the seaboards of central and southern Luzon; and western seaboard of Visayas.

Sea conditions were irregular in these areas said by the weather bureau.

The seaboards of central Luzon will experience scattered rains that may produce waves 3.4 to 5.0 meters high it said.

They will experience irregular to frequent rains that may produce waves 3.4 to 4.5 meters high to the seaboards of southern Luzon; and western seaboard of Visayas.

Storm surge hits Manila Bay; A first in Manila

A storm surge over Roxax Blvd. Manila

During the wrath of Typhoon Pedring in the Philippines, specifically in Luzon, large waves hammered the coastline of Manila causing a storm surge into the coastline that caused the flash floods near the area.

According to PAGASA, the storm surge, which was a first in Manila, began early in the morning during a high tide, spilling seawater spilling on nearby streets by 8 a.m. The streets of Raja Sulayman, Roxas Boulevard, Mabini, Ermita, Kalaw,Taft Avenue, and Ayala Boulevard were affected by flood waters and had to be closed causing heavy traffic and big problem to commuters.

In addition, the yachts anchored in the Manila Yacht Club were also battered by the storm, as well as Sofitel Philippine Plaza. Parked vehicles were seen floating in the hotel’s car park and flood waters caused evacuations of the hotel’s guests to other hotels. SM Mall of Asia’s Baywalk was also affected by the storm causing floods in the array of restaurants in the area.

Also unable to escape from floods and got struck of the typhoon was the Embassy of the United States. According to embassy information officer Tina Malone, “The extent of flooding is not yet known, but it affected mostly the grounds, not the buildings”.

Meanwhile, witnesses posted on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter their reactions with the storm surge describing it as a “Tsunami-like disaster” and a “scary wrath of nature”.

Tropical storm ‘Falcon’ in the Philippines

High heels to save your self from flood

High heels to save your self from flood

Based on Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), 4:00 am today ‘Falcon’ estimated based on satellite images and surface data at 370 kilomters East Northeast of Tuguegarao City (18.8°N, 125.3°E) with maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kilometers per hour. It is forecast to move North Northwest at 19 kilomters per hour.

Yesterday, eleven areas were affected by the tropical storm “Falcon” while it was moving closer to Bicol region. The said tropical storm intensified after it merged with the low pressure area off Catanduanes.

The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced the suspension of classes for June 24, 2011 from pre-school to highschool levels in all private and public schools in Metro Manila , Cavite City,  Antipolo City, Cainta, Calamba City, and Malolos City due to heavy rains and flashfloods distressing many areas. While the suspension for the college level will be depended to the school officials according to CHED.

For the meantime, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has stated the floods  in Quezon City, exactly along Maria Clara St., Araneta Avenue and N.S. Amoranto St. due to the spilling over of Talayan Creek.

Tropical storm “Chedeng” entered Philippine Area of Responsibility

PAGASA

Source: PAGASA

Earlier today, the tropical storm Chedeng (with international name Songda) entered the Philippine area of responsibility and is said to be on Eastern Samar direction. PAGASA stated the exact location of the storm, it was located 800 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar and moving west northwest at 13kph as of 4:00am.

Governor Joey Salceda (Albay Governor) said that they already preparing for evacuation as the weather got worse. They expected Chedeng to be worse than the previous storm that killed 35 people in Camarines Sur and damaged a billion and a half pesos of crops and infrastructure.

Chedeng will bring rains and strong winds in Bicol and also in Metro Manila in the preceding days. Due to the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), northern parts of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will experience scattered rains and thunderstorms.

For other information, you can contact PAGASA’s new 24-hour hotline at 433-ULAN (8526). You can also follow them on Twitter for the latest advisories and announcements.

PAGASA Report: Monsoon trough to bring more rains, cooler weather

A low-pressure area (LPA) that brought rains to parts of Luzon is now exiting Philippine territory, but a monsoon trough will bring more rains and cooler weather to parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila.

State weather forecasters also said continued rains may mean bad news for residents of Cotabato City in Mindanao, who had been affected by floods.

Inaasahan sa Metro Manila ang madalas na pag-uulap ng kalangitan na magdudulot ng malamig na kapaligiran at minsan [ay] malakas na ihip ng hangin (Metro Manila residents can expect cloudy skies with cooler weather and possible winds),” Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration forecaster Elvie Enriquez said in an interview on dzBB radio Wednesday.

Ang monsoon trough is enough para makadulot ng ulan-ulan lalo sa kanlurang bahagi ng Luzon kabilang angMetro Manila (The monsoon trough is enough to bring rains particularly to Western Luzon, including Metro Manila),” Enriquez added.

Enriquez said temperatures for Metro Manila for Wednesday will range from 26 and 32 degrees Celsius, a far cry from the 38-degree weather registered last May.

She added Tuesday’s “hottest” temperature in Metro Manila was recorded at 10 a.m., at 32.2 degrees.

A low-pressure area near Northern Luzon had brought rains to parts of the country last weekend, but Enriquez said it is now moving out of Philippine territory.

On the other hand, Enriquez said rains will stil fall over Cotabato City, which had experienced flooding in past days.

Inaasahan ang pag-ulan sa lugar na yan … maging handa tayo sa ganoong eventualities (Rains had been expected there. We just have to make the necessary preparations for those eventualities),” she said.

Meanwhile, Pagasa’s 5 a.m. bulletin said Luzon and Visayas will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. It added that the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.

No scheduled brownouts for Metro Manila

With demand for electricity lessened due to the rains and cooler weather, the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) said there are no scheduled brownouts for Wednesday.

Meralco’s Teresa Adriano said in an interview on dzBB that they also expect some power plants that went offline to go back online.

Pagka medyo mababa ang demand at sapat ang supply na nakukuha natin based sa plant na ito di natin kailangan mag-interrupt ng supply ng kuryente ng customer (If demand stays low and we have enough supply from our plants, we do not need to interrupt power service),” Adriano said.

Wala kaming scheduled na rotating brownouts today (pero) ang reserves forecast medyo maliit lang. Huwag lang biglang mag-trip o masira (We have no scheduled rotating brownouts but our reserves are low. We just hope there are no sudden problems with our power plants),” she added. — RSJ, GMANews.TV

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Hot, sticky weather signals coming of rainy season according to PAGASA

After Tuesday’s surprise rain showers, residents in Metro Manila can expect some isolated rains again on Wednesday, along with hot, sticky weather that signals rainy season might come “on schedule” in June.

State weather forecasters said such high humidity means the atmosphere is already moisture-laden, and that the rainy season is coming closer.

“Naramdaman natin napaka-humid ng kapaligiran, napakataas ng relative humidity. Ibig, sabihin moisture-laden na ang atmosphere. Itong inaasahan natin pagpasok ng June makakaramdam tayo ng pag-ulan (In past days we have been feeling the high humidity. This means the atmosphere is moisture-laden, and the rainy season will come as schedule in June),” Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster Elvie Enriquez said in an interview on dzBB radio.

“Mainit at maalinsangan, talagang malapit na rin ang tag-ulan (The hot and humid weather means the rainy season is getting closer),” she added.

On Tuesday, residents experienced relief of sorts from the summer heat when isolated rain showers fell on some parts of Metro Manila.

Enriquez also said the temperature will remain relatively cool at 27 to 36 degrees – compared to the 37-degree temperature Metro Manila residents had endured in past weeks.

PAGASA’s extended forecast indicated a temperature range of 27 to 36 degrees for Metro Manila, and up to 34 degrees for Tuguegarao City.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said the tail-end of a cold front is affecting Northern and Central Luzon while an Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is affecting Mindanao.

“Mindanao and Northern and Central Luzon will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms,” it said in its 5 a.m. bulletin. (Read more on LBG, GMANews.TV, Yahoo! Philippines News)