LPA in Eastern Mindanao develops into tropical depression — PAGASA-DOST

Maris Federez   •   May 10, 2020   •   1936

MANILA, Philippines — The low-pressure area (LPA) over the east of Mindanao that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is monitoring has developed into a tropical depression.

PAGASA said that the weather disturbance, named Ambo, is the first tropical cyclone to form inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this year.

As of 2:00 pm on Sunday (May 10) the LPA was located at 565km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Based on PAGASA’s forecast, TD Ambo may affect the eastern section of Visayas or Mindanao by Wednesday (May 13) or Thursday (May 14). — /mbmf

IATF recommends postponing 3-day vaccination days in areas to be hit by TC Odette

Maris Federez   •   December 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) chairman, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte the postponement of the second round of the three-day vaccination days in areas that are expected to be hit by Tropical Cyclone Odette.

Duque made the announcement in his report during the President’s weekly Talk to the Nation aired Monday night (December 13).

Duque said that to prevent risk among the public when the storm enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Wednesday, the IATF decided to re-schedule the vaccination days, particularly in Southern Luzon down to the Mindanao region.

The IATF will reset the date from December 15-17 to December 20-22.

Duque, however, clarified that the three-day Bayanihan Bakunahan in Northern and Central Luzon and in the National Capital Region will push through with its original schedule.

This recommendation still awaits President Duterte’s approval. —/mbmf

Tropical depression may enter PAR Tuesday — PAGASA

UNTV News   •   December 13, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — The tropical depression outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) has maintained its strength while continuing to move westward according to state weather bureau PAGASA.

The weather disturbance was last located 1,760 km east of Mindanao, packing maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center as it moves westward at 10 km/h.

The tropical depression is forecast to enter the PAR region as a severe tropical storm on Tuesday (14 December) evening and will then be named ‘Odette’, PAGASA said in its 11:00 a.m. advisory.

“This tropical cyclone is forecast to gradually intensify within the forecast period and may reach typhoon category by Wednesday,” it added.

Based on current track and intensity, there is a high chance that tropical cyclone wind signals (TCWS) will be hoisted for Visayas, large portions of Mindanao, and several provinces in Southern Luzon due to the threat of strong to typhoon-force winds.

“The highest possible wind signal that may be hoisted is TCWS #3. Localities situated in the eastern portions of Visayas and Mindanao may be placed under TCWS #1 as early as Tuesday afternoon or evening,” PAGASA said.

Heavy rainfall over Visayas, large portions of Mindanao, and several provinces in Southern Luzon may be experienced as the tropical cyclone passes over the central portion of the archipelago.

Residents over the northern and eastern portions of Northern Luzon and the eastern portion of Central Luzon are also advised to monitor for updates regarding possible heavy rainfall which may occur in relation to the behavior of the shear line during and after the passage of this tropical cyclone.




LPA spotted off Eastern Samar — PAGASA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—A low pressure area (LPA) has been spotted in Eastern Samar, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Based on the weather forecast of PAGASA, the LPA was spotted 525 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar at around 3 a.m. it is embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms are expected in Caraga, Eastern Visayas, and Central Visayas.

Batanes and Cagayan might experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains.

In Metro Manila, and the rest of the country, weather will be partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA said the LPA has a low chance of intensifying into a tropical depression within 24 hours. AAC


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