Signal #2 up in 13 areas in Luzon as STS Quinta threatens Bicol Region

Marje Pelayo   •   October 25, 2020   •   1029

MANILA, Philippines – Severe tropical storm  (STS) Quinta continues to intensify as it increases its threat over Catanduanes-Albay area, according to the latest bulletin issued at 2:00 PM Sunday (October 25) by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

It is expected to make landfall anytime this afternoon or evening over the Catanduanes-Albay area. Afterwards, it will traverse the Southern Luzon area until tomorrow afternoon before it turns west northwestward over the West Philippine Sea. 

It is likely to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) in the afternoon of Tuesday (October 27).

PAGASA does not rule out the possibility of STS Quinta developing into a typhoon prior to its landfall over Bicol Region.

After crossing the Philippine archipelago, this tropical cyclone will continue to intensify over the West Philippine Sea. 

Active Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS):

TCWS#2 (61-120 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 24 hours)

LUZON

  • Catanduanes
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands
  • The central and southern portions of Quezon (Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, Dolores, Candelaria, Tiaong, San Antonio, Sariaya, Tayabas City, Lucena City, Pagbilao, Atimonan, Perez, Alabat, Calauag, Quezon, Tagkawayan, Guinayangan, Lopez, Pitogo, Plaridel, Gumaca, Unisan, Agdangan, Padre Burgos, Macalelon, Catanauan, General Luna, Buenavista, San Narciso, Mulanay, San Andres, San Francisco)
  • The southeastern portion of Laguna (Paete, Kalayaan, Lumban, Cavinti, Luisiana, Majayjay, Liliw, Rizal, Nagcarlan, San Pablo City, Alaminos, Magdalena, Pagsanjan)
  • Batangas
  • Marinduque
  • Romblon
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island

VISAYAS

  • Northern Samar

TCWS#1 (30-60 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 36 hours) 

LUZON

  • The rest of Quezon
  • The rest of Laguna
  • Rizal
  • Cavite
  • Metro Manila
  • Bulacan
  • Pampanga
  • Bataan
  • The southern portion of Zambales (San Marcelino, San Felipe, San Narciso, Castillejos, Subic, San Antonio, Olongapo City, Botolan, Cabangan)
  • Calamian Islands 

VISAYAS

  • The northern portion of Samar (Calbayog City, Matuguinao, Tagapul-An, Santo Nino, Almagro, Santa Margarita, Gandara, San Jose de Buan, Pagsanghan, Tarangnan, San Jorge, Catbalogan City, Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas)
  • The northern portion of Eastern Samar (Maslog, Jipapad, Arteche, San Policarpo, Oras, Dolores, Can-Avid, Taft)
  • The northern portion of Capiz (Sapi-An, Ivisan, Roxas City, Panay, Pilar, Pontevedra, President Roxas)
  • Aklan
  • The northern portion of Antique (Caluya, Libertad, Pandan, Sebaste, Culasi)
  • The northeastern portion of Iloilo (Batad, Balasan, Estancia, Carles)

PAGASA warns that stormy conditions will be experienced in areas under TCWS#2 while strong breeze to near gale conditions will be experienced in areas under TCWS#1.

Residents are advised to take precautionary measures against flooding including flash floods, rain-induced landslides, and sediment-laden streamflows which may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards. 

PAGASA lifts wind signals in some areas as ‘Bising’ slows down

Robie de Guzman   •   April 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The tropical cyclone wind signals (TCWS) in some areas in the country were lifted on Wednesday as Typhoon Bising continues to slow down while moving northwestward east of mainland Cagayan, the state weather bureau said.

In its 11 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that TCWS signal number 2 has been lifted but signal number 1 remains hoisted over the following areas:

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
  • The eastern portion of Apayao (Luna, Santa Marcela, Flora, Pudtol)
  • The eastern portion of Kalinga (Pinukpuk, Rizal)
  • The eastern portion of Isabela (Ilagan, San Mariano, Palanan, Divilacan, Maconacon, San Pablo, Cabagan, Tumauini, Santa Maria, Delfin Albano, Santo Tomas, Quezon, Quirino, Gamu, Naguilian, Benito Soliven, Reina Mercedes, Mallig, Burgos, Roxas, Cauayan City, Luna, San Manuel, Cabatuan, Aurora, Dinapigue, San Mateo, Alicia, Angadanan, San Guillermo, Echague, Jones, San Agustin, San Isidro)
  • The northeastern portion of Quirino (Maddela)
  • The northern portion of Aurora (Casiguran, Dilasag)

PAGASA said that tropical cyclone winds of at least strong breeze to near gale in strength extend outward up to 370 km from the center of the typhoon. Destructive typhoon-force winds extend outward up to 90 km from the center of the typhoon.

It added that the northeasterly wind flow enhanced by the typhoon will also bring strong breeze to near gale conditions with higher gusts over the coastal and mountainous areas of Northern Luzon that are not under any TCWS in the next 24 hours.

Bising was last located at 360 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center and gustiness of up to 215 km/h. The typhoon is moving northwestward at 10 km/h.

Based on the forecast track, PAGASA said Bising will move generally northward or north northwestward until Wednesday night or Thursday morning, when the typhoon will be nearest to the landmass of Northern Luzon.

Afterwards, the typhoon will move northeastward away from the landmass throughout tomorrow and east northeastward on Friday and Saturday.

Bising is expected to gradually weaken throughout the remainder of the forecast period. The typhoon will likely be downgraded to severe tropical storm category by Saturday and tropical storm category by Sunday.

 

Mahigit sa 8,000 pamilya sa Catanduanes inilikas dahil sa bagyong ‘Bising’

Robie de Guzman   •   April 19, 2021

Umabot sa kabuuang 8,205 pamilya o 32,491 indibiduwal ang inilikas sa Catanduanes dahil sa pananalasa ng bagyong Bising.

Karamihan sa mga inilikas na residente ay mula sa coastal areas at mga lugar na lantad sa banta ng pagbaha at pagguho ng lupa.

Sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Dan Gersalia sa programang Ito Ang Balita, halos dalawang araw nang nararamdaman sa Catanduanes ang mga pag-ulan at hanging dala ng bagyo.

May ilang insidente na rin ng minor landslide ang naitala, maging ang pagtaas ng antas ng tubig sa mga ilog sa ilang bahagi ng Catanduanes.

Sa bayan ng San Andres, may ilang poste na rin ng kuryente ang natumba habang wala namang supply ng kuryente sa ilang bahagi ng lalawigan matapos itong putulin mula pa noong Linggo ng tanghali bilang paghahanda sa bagyo.

Sa bayan ng Virac, may ilang lugar ding nawalan ng supply ng tubig bilang bahagi ng preventive shutdown measures ng water service provider.

Gumagana naman ang mga linya ang komunikasyon sa lalawigan.

Tiniyak ng lokal na pamahalaan na patuloy ang pamamahagi ng ayuda sa mga pamilyang inilikas dahil sa bagyong Bising.

Ang Catanduanes ay nasa ilalim ng Tropical Cycline Wind Signal number two, pati na ang ilang bahagi ng Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, at Samar at Eastern Samar.

Nakataas naman ang Signal Number One ilang bahagi ng Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, Quezon kabilang na ang Polillo Islands, Camarines Norte, Masbate kabilang na ang Burias at Ticao Islands, Biliran, Leyte, at ang nalalabing bahagi ng Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Samar at Eastern Samar, pati na ang dulong bahagi ng Cebu kabilang na ang mga isla ng Bantayan at Camotes.

Ayon sa PAGASA, maaaring makaranas ng malalakas na pag-ulan hanggang sa araw ng Martes ang mga rehiyon ng Bicol at Northern Samar pati na ang ilang bahagi ng Aurora at mainland Cagayan at Isabela.

Sa pagtaya ng PAGASA, maaaring kumilos lumayo ang bago sa kalupaan ng Luzon  sa araw ng Miyerkules o Huwebes.

Typhoon Bising maintains strength as it batters Bicol, Samar and Leyte areas

Marje Pelayo   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Bising has maintained its strength as it continues to pour moderate to heavy rains over Bicol Region, Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, and Leyte.

According to state weather agency PAGASA, as of 4:00 a.m. Monday (April 19), the eye of the typhoon was located at 250 km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes. It is moving north northwestward at 10 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 240 km/h.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #2 remains in effect over the areas of:

Luzon
* Catanduanes, the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Garchitorena, Presentacion, Caramoan, Sagnay, San Jose, Lagonoy), the eastern portion of Albay (Tiwi, Malinao, Tabaco City, Malilipot, Santo Domingo, Bacacay, Rapu-Rapu, Legazpi City, Manito), and the eastern and central portions of Sorsogon (Castilla, Sorsogon City, Prieto Diaz, Gubat, Barcelona, Casiguran, Juban, Magallanes, Bulan, Bulusan, Irosin, Santa Magdalena, Matnog)

Visayas
* Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, and Biliran

Said areas will experience winds of greater than 61 km/h and up to 120 km/h in at least 24 hours.

Meanwhile, TCWS#1 is hoisted in the areas of:

Luzon
* The eastern portion of Isabela (Divilacan, Palanan, Dinapigue), the northern portion of Aurora (Casiguran, Dilasag), the southeastern portion of Quezon (Guinayangan, Calauag, Tagkawayan) including Polillo Islands, Camarines Norte, the rest of Camarines Sur, the rest of Albay, the rest of Sorsogon, and Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands

Visayas
* Leyte, Southern Leyte, and the northern portion of Cebu (Tabogon, Borbon, San Remigio, Bogo City, Medellin, Daanbantayan) including Bantayan and Camotes Islands

Mindanao
* Dinagat Islands, Siargao Islands, and Bucas Grande Islands

Winds of 30-60 km/h may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.

According to PAGASA’s forecast, typhoon Bising will move generally northward or north northwestward until Wednesday (April 21) evening or Thursday (April 22) early morning.

Afterwards, the typhoon will move northeastward throughout Thursday and east northeastward on Friday away from the landmass of Luzon.

The typhoon is forecast to maintain its current intensity in the next 12 to 24 hours before gradually weakening throughout the remainder of the forecast period.

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