‘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:

BICOL

  • Sorsogon
  • Ticao Island
  • Catanduanes
  • Southern portion of Albay (Oas,Tabaco,Ligao City,Pio Duran,Guinobatan,Malilipot,Jovellar,Camalig,Santo Domingo,Bacacay,Rapu-rapu,Daraga,Legazpi,Manito).

VISAYAS

  • Northern Samar
  • 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)

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. 

TD ‘Butchoy’ makes landfall over Polillo, Infanta in Quezon – PAGASA

Robie de Guzman   •   June 11, 2020

Tropical Depression (TD) ‘Butchoy’ has made landfall over Polillio and Infanta, Quezon on Thursday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, And Astronomical Services (PAGASA) said.

In its 8 p.m. severe weather bulletin, PAGASA said ‘Butchoy’ made landfall over Polillo at around 5:30 p.m., and Infanta at six in the evening.

Tropical cyclone wind signal number one remains hoisted over Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Nueva Ecija, and the southern portion of Aurora.

Signal number one has also been raised over Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Camarines Norte, and the northern and central portions of Quezon Province.

The state weather bureau said moderate to heavy, and at times, intense rains will be experienced in various areas of Luzon between Thursday night and Friday morning.

PAGASA warned that flooding and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards.

Tropical depression ‘Butchoy’ was last spotted in the vicinity of General Nakar, Quezon.

It is packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 75 kilometers per hour as it moves west-northwest at 15 kilometers per hour.

Tropical depression Butchoy is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Saturday.

Wind Signal No. 1 raised over Metro Manila, parts of Luzon due to Tropical Depression ‘Butchoy’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 11, 2020

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:

  • Metro Manila
  • Rizal
  • Laguna
  • Cavite
  • Pangasinan
  • Zambales
  • Bataan
  • Tarlac
  • Pampanga
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Bulacan
  • The southern portion of Aurora
  • The northern and central portion of Quezon
  • Camarines Norte

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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