PAGASA: Don’t take a bath during thunderstorms

Marje Pelayo   •   June 24, 2019   •   4278

MANILA, Philippines – It’s rainy season, and thunderstorms are inevitable.

Thus, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) advises the public to refrain from going outdoor to avoid the hazards of thunderstorms especially the unpredictable lightning strikes.

According to PAGASA Weather Specialist Vivien Esquivel, lightning adds nitrogen to the soil which transforms into plant-usable mineral responsible for the green in plants.

However, this positive effect on the ground works differently when lightning strikes on the human body.

Recently, two boys from Barangay Patag Ilaya in the town of Sta. Elena died from a lightning strike.

According to reports, cousins Jimboy Magsino Lora and Jericho Compra Lora asked permission to go outside to look for a signal for their mobile phones.

The teenagers sat near a tree to play mobile games but lightning struck the tree and burned them. Even their mobile phones were destroyed due to the lightning strike.

According to Esquivel, lightning strikes at random.

“Minsan, nakikita nating umiilaw lang sa ulap. Ang tinatawag natin doon ay ‘cloud-to-cloud’ lightning. Mayroon naman tayong tinatawag na cloud to ground lightning. Iyon ang tumatama sa atin. Tumatama sa ground or anumang bagay na at random,” she explained.

(We see flash of lights up in the clouds. That’s what we call ‘cloud-to-cloud’ lightning. Also, there is what we call ‘cloud-to-ground’ lightning that which strikes humans, or the ground or just anything at random.)

“Kahit na nasa baba ka, kung talagang tatamaan ka ng kidlat ay matatamaan ka talaga kasi lightning strikes anywhere,” she added.

(Even if you’re on the ground, if lightning strikes you, that’s inevitable because lightning strikes anywhere.)

For this reason, PAGASA advises the public to take note of important measures to avoid the dangers of lightning strikes.

When outdoor:

  • Stay away from an open field and find an enclosed shelter immediately.
  • Remove all metal accessories from the body such as jewelry or watch.
  • Refrain from using your cellphone and do not attempt to look for signals.
  • When driving a car, pull over and sit straight. Do not touch anything metal inside the car like keys or metal handle.
  • If in case there is no safe place outdoors, do the ‘lightning safety crouch’. Position your feet next to each other, with the heels touching. Try to rest on the balls of your feet so you minimize the surface of the ground you’re touching.
  • Close your eyes and cover your ears.

When indoor:

  • Do not use corded telephone line or cellphones even inside the house. Cellphones may be used for emergency situations but refrain from doing so if possible.
  • Unplug all appliance and turn off all gadgets. Do not leave them on standby mode.
  • Avoid taking a bath or using the shower.
  • Avoid using taps or washing the dishes.

“Stay away from anything that are good conductor of electricity kapag may lightning activity lalo na kung frequent ang lightning strikes within your area (when there is lightning activity especially if lightning strikes are frequent in your area),” noted PAGASA Weather Forecaster Chris Perez.

“Huwag kayong pakatiwala na hindi overhead ang thunderstorm ay hindi na kayo tatamaan kasi nagta-travel po ang lightning (Do not be complacent. Thunderstorms may not be overhead but it doesn’t mean it wouldn’t strike you. (Note that) lightning travels), ” warned Esquivel.

“So kahit 9 kilometers or 10 kilometers ang thunderstorm, huwag kayong magstay sa labas (So even if the distance of a thunderstorm is about 9km to 10 km away from you, do not stay outdoor). Make yourself the smallest target, ” she concluded. (with inputs from Harlene Delgado)

Typhoon Ambo adds 3 meters to Angat Dam’s reserve

Marje Pelayo   •   May 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The water level in Angat Dam has improved in the aftermath of Typhoon Ambo in Luzon.

According to the latest reading by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the weather system has added 3.09 meters of water to Angat Dam’s reserve from 187.53 meters on May 15 to 190.62 meters on 6:00 am, Sunday (May 17).

Angat’s water level is now 10 meters over its normal operating level of 180 meters.

Last week, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has increased domestic allocation to Metro Manila from Angat Dam to 48 cubic meters per second from 46 cubic meters per second to maintain enough supply on the duration of the government-imposed community quarantine in view of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. –MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Bagyong Ambo inaasahang lalabas ng PAR sa Lunes

Marje Pelayo   •   May 16, 2020

MANILA,Philippines — Napanatili ng bagyong Ambo ang lakas nito habang papatawid sa karagatan ng Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur. 

Batay sa weather bulletin ng Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) ngayong ika-7:00 ng umaga, Sabado (May 16) ang mata ng bagyong Ambo ay natukoy sa karagatan ng Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur, taglay ang lakas ng hangin na aabot sa 75 km/h at pagbugso na aabot naman sa 125 km/h. 

Kumikilos ito patungong Hilaga at hilagang-kanluran sa bilis na 20 km//h.

Ayon sa PAGASA, posibleng lumabas ang bagyong Ambo sa Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) sa Lunes (May 18) ng umaga o kaya ay hapon.

Dahil dito, patuloy na mararanasan ang katamtaman hanggang malakas na pagulan sa Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley at sa Hilagang bahagi ng Aurora at Zambales.

Samantala, inalis na ng PAGASA ang tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) #3 sa alinmang bahagi ng bansa.

Gayunman, nananatiling nakataas ang TCWS#2 sa mga sumusunod na lugar:

Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, silangang bahagi ng Pangasinan (Lingayen, San Carlos City, Basista, Malasiqui, Alcala, Sto. Tomas, Rosales, Balungao, Umingan, Binmaley, Calasiao, Sta. Barbara, Urdaneta City, Villasis, Sta. Maria, San Quintin, Dagupan City, Mangaldan, Mapandan, Manaoag, Laoac, Binalonan, Asingan, Tayug, Natividad, San Jacinto, Pozzorubio, San Fabian, Sison, San Manuel, San Nicolas), Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Babuyan Islands, hilaga-kanlurang bahagi ng mainland Cagayan (Santa Praxedes, Claveria, Sanchez Mira, Pamplona, Abulug), Nueva Vizcaya, hilagang bahagi ng Nueva Ecija (Carranglan, Lupao, San Jose City, Pantabangan).

Nakataas naman ang TCWS #1 sa mga sumusunod na lugar:

Batanes, nalalabing bahagi ng Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, the rest of Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, hilagang bahagi ng  Zambales (Santa Cruz, Candelaria, Masinloc, Palauig, and Iba), at sa nalalabing bahagi ng Pangasinan.

Pinapayuhan ang mga residente sa mga nasabing lugar na maghanda, mag-ingat at makipagugnayan sa lokal na pamahalaan para sa kaukulang aksyon at tulong na kinakailangan. 

Patuloy ring magbantay sa mga paalala ng PAGASA kaugnay ng nararanasang pagulan dulot ng pagkilos ng bagyo. 

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Bagyong Ambo papalapit na sa hilagang bahagi ng Quezon-Laguna

Marje Pelayo   •   May 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Umuusad na ang Bagyong Ambo patungo sa hilagang bahagi ng Quezon at Laguna habang patuloy na nagpapaulan sa hilagang bahagi naman ng Bondoc Peninsula  sa Southern Quezon.

Ayon sa weather bulletin ng PAGASA kaninang ika-11:00 ng umaga, Biernes (May 15), namataan ang mata ng Bagyong Ambo sa lugar ng Catanauan, Quezon, taglay ang lakas ng hangin na aabot sa 125 km/h malapit sa gitna at pagbugso na aabot sa 165 km/h.

Patuloy itong kumikilos patungong hilaga-kanlurang direksyon sa bilis na 20 km/h

Dahil dito, nakararanas ng katamtaman hanggang malakas na pag-ulan sa mga lugar ng Bicol Region, Quezon, Aurora, Marinduque, Laguna, Rizal, maging sa Metro Manila, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, at Quirino.

Pinapayuhan ang mga residente sa mga nasabing lugar na mag-ingat at maghanda, makipagugnayan sa lokal na pamahalaan sa mga kaukulang paalala at patuloy na i-monitor ang pagkilos ng bagyo sa pamamagitan ng mga advisory ng PAGASA. 

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #3:

  • Quezon kasama ang Polillo Island
  • Rizal
  • Laguna
  • Timugang bahagi ng Aurora (Dipaculao, Maria Aurora, Baler, San Luis, Dingalan)
  • Kanlurang bahagi ng Nueva Ecija (Licab, Quezon, Santo Domingo, Talavera, Llanera, Rizal,Bongabon, General Mamerto Natividad, Aliaga, Zaragoza, San Antonio, Jaen, Santa Rosa, Cabanatuan, Palayan, Laur, Gabaldon, Peñaranda, San Leonardo, Cabiao, San Isidro, Gapan, General Tinio)
  • Silangang bahagi ng Bulacan (San Miguel, San Ildefonso, Dona Remedios Trinidad, San Rafael, Angat, Norzagaray, San Jose Del Monte)
  • Kanlurang bahagi ng Camarines Norte (Santa Elena, Capalonga, Jose Panganiban, Paracale, Labo)
  • Dulong kanlurang bahagi ng Camarines Sur (Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Libmanan, Cabusao, Pasacao, Pamplona)
  • Marinduque

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #2:

  • Metro Manila
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Pampanga
  • Tarlac
  • La Union
  • Benguet
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Aurora
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Camarines Norte
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Nueva Ecija
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Bulacan
  • Burias Island
  • Silangang bahagi ng Pangasinan (San Nicolas, Natividad, San Quintin, Umingan, Balungao, Sta. Maria, Tayug, Asingan, San Manuel, Binalonan, Laoac, Urdaneta, Villasis, Rosales, Sto. Tomas, Alcala, Bautista, Bayambang, Urbiztondo, Basista, Malasiqui, Sta. Barbara, Manaoag, Mapandan, San Jacinto, San Fabian, Pozorrubio, Sison, Mangaldan, Dagupan, Calasiao, Binmaley, Lingayen, Bugallon, Aguilar, San Carlos, Mangatarem)
  • Kanlurang bahagi ng Camarines Sur (Siruma, Tinambac, Calabanga, Bombon, Naga, Magarao, Canaman, Camaligan, Gainza, Milaor, San Fernando, Minalabac, Pili)

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1:

  • Cagayan kasama ang Babuyan Islands
  • Isabela
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Pangasinan
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Abra
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • Zambales
  • Bataan
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Romblon
  • Catanduanes
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Camarines Sur,
  • Hilagang bahagi ng mainland Masbate (Aroroy, Mandaon, Balud, Milagros, Baleno, Masbate City, Mobo)
  •  Ticao Island

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