‘Ambo’ intensifies into a severe tropical storm as it nears Bicol
Marje Pelayo • May 13, 2020 • 616
MANILA, Philippines — Tropical cyclone ‘Ambo’ (international mame Vongfong) has gained strength as it approaches Eastern Visayas and Bicol on Wednesday evening (May 13), according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
As of 5:00 pm., PAGASA located the weather system at 315 kilometer East of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, packed with maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h and gustiness of up to 115 km/h making it a severe tropical storm.
It is now moving towards the West-Northwest direction at 10 km/h.
Thus, tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) #1 is raised over the following areas:
Southern portion of Albay (Oas,Tabaco,Ligao City,Pio Duran,Guinobatan,Malilipot,Jovellar,Camalig,Santo Domingo,Bacacay,Rapu-rapu,Daraga,Legazpi,Manito).
Northern portion of Samar (Calbayog,Sta. Margarita,Gandara,Matuguinao,Pagsanghan,San Jorge,San Jose De Buan,Tarangnan,Catbalogan City,Jiabong,Motiong,San Sebastian,Paranas,Hinabangan),and northern portion of Eastern Samar (Jipapad,Arteche,Maslog,Oras,San Policarpio,Dolores,Can-avid,Taft,Sulat,San Julian,Borongan City).
Winds of about 30 to 60 km/h in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains within 36 hours may be expected in the said areas.
Scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rain showers will be experienced over Eastern Visayas tonight while moderate to heavy rains will prevail over Eastern Visayas, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, and Masbate tomorrow, May 14.
STS Ambo is forecast to further intensify as it approaches the Eastern Visayas-Bicol Region area.
TCWS#1 may also be raised over the southern portion of Camarines Sur and the rest of Albay in the next weather bulletin. MNP (with information from Rey Pelayo)
MANILA, Philippines – The low pressure area (LPA) east of Quezon Province has developed into tropical depression (TD) ‘Butchoy,’ according to the latest report of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
As of 4:00 pm on Thursday (June 11), PAGASA located the eye of TD Butchoy at 75 km Northwest of Daet, Camarines Norte.
It is moving West-Northwest at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h), packed with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.
Thus, PAGASA raised Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (CWS) No. 1 over the following areas:
The southern portion of Aurora
The northern and central portion of Quezon
Under TCWS #1, winds of 30-60 km/h may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.
TD Butchoy is forecast to cross Polillo Islands and make landfall over northern Quezon-southern Aurora area between tonight and tomorrow morning Friday (June 12).
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