‘Auring’ weakens into tropical storm; seen to reintensify prior to landfall

UNTV News   •   February 19, 2021   •   544

MANILA, Philippines – The weather disturbance located east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur weakened into a tropical storm on Friday (February 19) afternoon.

But according to state weather bureau PAGASA, tropical storm Auring may re-intensify into severe tropical storm prior to its landfall over Caraga Region on Sunday (February 21).

PAGASA noted also that the possibility of TS Auring developing into a typhoon is now less likely.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 1 (30-60 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 36 hours) remains in effect over the following areas:

• Visayas
Southern Leyte and the southeastern portion of Eastern Samar

• Mindanao
Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao City, Camiguin, the western portion of Misamis Oriental and the western portion of Bukidnon)

The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and monitor updates through PAGASA’s official website regarding the weather system.

Monsoon rains prevailing over PH – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said it would be rainy today (June 21) in Luzon as the southwest monsoon or habagat continues to prevail over the region.

Specifically, the weather system is affecting areas of MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan where cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms is being experienced,

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country are also experiencing the effects of Habagat along with localized thunderstorms which bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers.

Weather authorities advice the general public to be prepared as these conditions may possibly cause flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains and in some areas due to severe thunderstorms.

Phivolcs to launch mobile app for volcano information

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) will launch a mobile app on Monday (June 21) to make the current status of volcanoes easily available to the public.

On Thursday (June 17), Phivolcs announced that the “VolcanoPH Info” app will be available on Android devices. Through the app, the public can access the latest volcano bulletins and advisories.

The app will help users understand the current volcano status, and more importantly, identify the necessary preparedness and response actions for their safety.

“We aim to provide the users with accessible and easy-to-read information,” said DOST Undersecretary and Phivolcs Officer-in-Charge Renato Solidum Jr.

Once a user is able to access the app, he or she can select from the list of volcanoes with alert levels on the homepage.

The selection will provide the user with a summary of the 24-hour observation period containing the alert level, monitoring parameters, and recommendations in the Filipino language.

Future developments of the app include the English language setting and iOS version. AAC

Monsoon rains prevailing across PH – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  State weather agency PAGASA forecasts prevailing rains over Luzon due to the effects of the southwest monsoon or habagat.

As of Tuesday (June 15), cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will continue to affect the entire Ilocos Region.

This may cause flash floods and landslides in areas susceptible to these hazards due to moderate to at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, the combined effects of habagat and localized thunderstorms continue to bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

These conditions are expected to cause possible flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms thus, residents are advised to take precautionary measures against these hazards.

PAGASA has not seen any brewing storm or weather disturbance to date, though rains will prevail due to the onset of the rainy season.

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