Signal #1 raised over Batanes, Babuyan Islands due to ‘Fabian’

Marje Pelayo   •   July 22, 2021   •   431

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Fabian will continuously bring strong winds over Batanes and Babuyan Islands throughout its passage, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) latest weather bulletin.

This prompted the weather agency to raise Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1 over the said areas.

Due to the impact of Typhoon Fabian which enhances the southwest monsoon, Metro Manila and the following areas will experience monsoon rains in the next 24 hours:

Ilocos Region
Abra
Benguet
Zambales
Bataan
Tarlac
Pampanga
Bulacan
Cavite
Batangas
Occidental Mindoro
Oriental Mindoro, Romblon
Northern portion of Palawan including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands

In the next 24 hours, the combined effects of Typhoon Fabian and the southwest monsoon will cause rough to very rough seas over the northern, western, and eastern seaboards of Luzon (including the areas under TCWS #1).

Thus, sea travel is risky for small seacraft over these waters and mariners without the proper experience should immediately seek safe harbor.

Based on the latest forecast track, Typhoon Fabian will move generally westward or west southwestward today (July 22), before it moves north northwestward for the remainder of the forecast period.

It is expected to pass close or make landfall in the vicinity of Miyako, Yaeyama, and Senkaku Islands in the southern Ryukyu Archipelago on Friday (July 23) before it exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility tomorrow evening or morning of Saturday (July 24).

Scattered rains to prevail over Metro Manila, other areas due to LPA, ITCZ

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — State weather bureau PAGASA forecasts scattered rains over Metro Manila and other areas due to the combined effects of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and brewing low pressure area (LPA) south of the country.

Aside from Metro Manila, scattered rains will also prevail over the areas of areas in Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, SOCCSKSARGEN, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, Ifugao, La Union, Pangasinan, and Camarines Norte.

This, as PAGASA monitors the LPA specifically located at 90 kilometers east southeast of Romblon, Romblon, based on PAGASA’s 4:00AM forecast.

The LPA, embedded in the ITCZ generally affects Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, the rest of the country will have isolated rains or thunderstorms due to the impact of ITCZ combined with localized thunderstorms.

These weather conditions are likely to cause flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains or severe thunderstorms.

Thus, residents in areas prone to these hazards are advised to take precautionary measures for possible danger.

La Niña likely in the last quarter of 2021 — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that La Niña may occur in the coming months.

Based on the agency’s La Niña Alert issued on Tuesday (September 14), there is a 70% to 80% chance that La Niña will form in the last quarter this year.

This phenomenon may persist or prevail until the first quarter of 2022, the agency said.

Also, PAGASA’s rainfall forecast suggests that above-normal rainfall conditions in many areas may be experienced in the next several months.

This can be attributed to the expected stronger easterlies, enhanced Northeast monsoon and tropical cyclone occurrences, according to the advisory.

“The eastern sections of the country which normally receive more rainfall during the last quarter of the year could further increase the likelihood of more adverse impacts such as floods and landslides over highly vulnerable areas,” PAGASA Administrator Vic Malano said in the advisory.

“With this scenario, all concerned agencies are advised to take precautionary measures to mitigate the potential adverse impacts of this looming La Niña,” he added.

La Niña phenomenon refers to the unusually cool ocean surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific.

Residents in parts of Bulacan warned amid Ipo Dam spilling ops

Marje Pelayo   •   September 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Hydrometeorology Division advises residents in some parts of Bulacan to take caution amid the continuous spilling operations at Ipo Dam.

As of 8:00 a.m. Tuesday (September 14), the water level of Ipo Dam is 100.72 meters.

The dam management continues to conduct spilling operations with one gate open and thus, PAGASA advised residents in low-lying areas and those living near the riverbanks of Angat River from Norzagaray, Angat, San Rafael, Bustos, Baliuag, Pulilan, Plaridel, Calumpit, and Hagonoy to be alert for possible increase in water level.

PAGASA assured that it will continue to monitor the hydrological condition of Ipo Dam along with the Dam management for updates.

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