PH may expect strong cyclones amid El Niño – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   March 18, 2019   •   2480

File photo: A residential area in Cavite during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong in 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The state weather bureau PAGASA warns residents in areas affected by tropical depression Chedeng to be alert as the weather system may still cause damage and accidents.

“Kalimitan malalakas ang dalang mga pag-ulan nito. Pwedeng magpabaha, pwedeng magkaroon ng landslide sa mga area sa kabundukan, (Often they bring heavy rains that can cause flood and landslides especially in mountain areas,) explained Deputy Administrator June Dalida.

PAGASA noted that even though Mindanao is seldom a direct target of tropical cyclones, the region still suffered a significant degree of damage in the past.

These include the lashing of typhoons Sendong in 2011 and Pablo in 2012 where billions worth of properties were damaged and thousands of lives were lost.

The weather agency stressed, cyclones are stronger especially during El Niño.

“Nandyan ang gasoline niya sa pasipiko. So may tendency pa rin tayo na may pumasok. Kaunti nga lang ngunit malakas ang mga bagyo na parating sa atin, (They’re fueled by the Pacific [Ocean] so cyclones are still likely. They may be few, but the cyclones that will enter PAR would be strong ones),Dalida said.

But the sad news is, according to PAGASA, some of them, like the current tropical depression Chedeng, will not bring any rain to Luzon that could have replenished supply in La Mesa Dam.

“Hindi po natin ine-expect talaga na magkakaroon ng increase sa height (ang tubig sa La Mesa Dam) unless na galing po ito sa Angat Dam, (We cannot expect an increase in the volume of water in La Mesa Dam unless it would come from Angat Dam,)” explained PAGASA Deputy Administrator Flaviana Hilario.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has a ready budget of P1.2B to be used in case a calamity strikes the country.

This will be used to prepare food packs and non-food items and as standby fund.

As of press time, the current El Niño event has already incurred almost P870 million worth of damage in agriculture.

The phenomenon hugely affected corn and rice production in the areas of MIMAROPA, in Region 7 and in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM.) – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)  

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.

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.

Rains across PH due to southwest monsoon, ITCZ — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Since it is the onset of the rainy season, wet days are expected across the country.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the southwest monsoon is now affecting Luzon and Western Visayas.

Specifically, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon as well as Western Visayas will continue to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms which may possibly cause flash floods or landslides due to moderate or at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is affecting the rest of the country bringing partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. .

These conditions may cause flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms in areas susceptible to these hazards.

PAGASA advises the public to closely monitor weather updates through the agency’s official website and social media accounts.

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