Rains may cause mudflow in areas affected by Taal’s volcanic activity

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2020   •   625

A boy’s muddy feet is seen during an evacuation after a volcano eruption in Talisay, Batangas, Philippines, 13 January 2020. Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate as authorities in the Philippines raised the alert due to the increased activity of the Taal volcano, located in an island near Manila. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level from 1 to 3 and then 4 – on a scale of 5, after an increase in the activity of the crater resulted in an eruption spewing steam and ash up to one-kilometer high. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO

MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA is monitoring a Low Pressure Area (LPA) in the eastern part of Mindanao.

Based on PAGASA’s 4:00 AM update Monday (January 13), the LPA was spotted at 735 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, parts of Northern Luzon are currently experiencing the effects of the tail end of a cold front which brings cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms in areas in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region,and Aurora.

Possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains

Also, cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms will prevail over Caraga and Eastern Visayas as a result of the impact of the trough of the LPA.

This condition may cause possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, volcanic activity is currently affecting the provinces of Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna.

Hence, cloudy skies with isolated rains and thunderstorms may possibly reduced visibility and cause mudflow during ash fall and light to moderate rains.

Residents in the affected areas are advised to take extra caution and heed warnings from authorities.

In Ilocos Region, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains caused by the northeast monsoon will prevail.

This may cause intermittent strong winds especially in coastal and mountainous areas.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will also experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

Residents are urged to monitor for possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms especially in areas susceptible to these hazards.

New LPA spotted east of E. Samar may intensify into tropical depression — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) spotted east of Eastern Samar. 

As of 3:00 AM on Tuesday (June 9), the weather disturbance was estimated at 465 kilometers East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar and is embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

PAGASA said ITCZ will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with scattered rain showers or thunderstorms across Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to the effects of the easterlies.

According to weather specialist Robb Gile on Tuesday’s briefing, the LPA may intensify into a tropical depression but even if not, the combined effects of the LPA and ITCZ may still affect some parts of the country as the week progresses.

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

Maris Federez   •   May 10, 2020

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

PAGASA monitors a brewing LPA east-southeast of Davao City

Marje Pelayo   •   May 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) spotted a low pressure area (LPA) at 1,275 kilometers east southeast of Davao City as of 3:00AM on Thursday (May 7).

It may enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) tonight but less likely to develop into a tropical cyclone.

PAGASA said the LPA may affect areas in the Caraga region by weekend.

The state weather agency said to expect a frequency of thunderstorms by mid of the month.

PAGASA warns the public of experiencing high temperatures in the coming days due to the presence of moisture in the air or high relative humidity.

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