Signal No. 4 raised over Babuyan Islands as Typhoon Kiko endangers extreme Northern Luzon

Marje Pelayo   •   September 10, 2021   •   405

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has raised tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 4 over the northeastern portion of Babuyan Islands as it moves to batter extreme Northern Luzon, based on the latest forecast at 5:00 p.m. Friday (September 10).

According to PAGASA, these areas are expected to experience very destructive typhoon-force winds within 12 hours.

Meanwhile, Signal No. 3 remains over the extreme northeastern portion of Cagayan, the rest of Babuyan Islands, and Batanes where very Destructive typhoon-force winds will also prevail within 18 hours.

Signal No. 2 is hoisted in the areas northern, central, and eastern portions of mainland Cagayan, the northeastern portion of Isabela, and the northeastern portion of Apayao where damaging gale-force to storm-force winds are expected within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 — characterized by strong winds that are expected to prevail within 36 hours— is now up over the rest of mainland Cagayan, the eastern portion of Ilocos Norte, the rest of Apayao, the northern portion of Kalinga, the eastern portion of Mountain Province, the northeastern portion of Abra, the northwestern and southeastern portions of Isabela, and the northern portion of Aurora.

PAGASA said, Typhoon Kiko is still likely to develop into a super typhoon. Thus, TCWS No.5 may be the highest wind signal that will be hoisted for this typhoon.

Likewise, the possibility of landfall over the northeastern portion of Cagayan is not yet ruled out.

As such, the public is advised to continue monitoring for possible changes in the track forecast in the succeeding bulletins.

As of 5:00 PM, Typhoon Kiko was located at 190 km east of Aparri, Cagayan, packed with maximum sustained winds of 215 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 265 km/h.

It is moving northwestward at 15 km/h.

Expect colder days as PAGASA announces onset of amihan season

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Expect colder days ahead after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced the onset of northeast monsoon or amihan season in the country.

PAGASA also observed gradual cooling of the surface air temperature over the northeastern part of Luzon.

“For the past several days, strong to gale-force northeasterly winds have prevailed over Northern Luzon due to the strengthening of the high-pressure system over Siberia and enhanced by passing of low- pressure areas (LPAs),” according to PAGASA

Surges of cold temperatures may also be expected in the coming months, the state weather bureau added.

Meanwhile, with the on-going La Niña, NE monsoon rainfall may be enhanced and could trigger floods, flash floods, and rain-induced landslides over susceptible areas. PAGASA reminded local government units and the public to take precautionary measures. AAC

ITCZ brings scattered rainshowers, thunderstorms over parts of Luzon, Visayas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will continue to bring scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms,  the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Monday.

Scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, and Western Visayas. The state weather bureau warned possible flash floods or landslides during moderate to at times heavy rains.

Cagayan Valley and Aurora will likewise have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms, while the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. AAC

LPA spotted off Eastern Samar — PAGASA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—A low pressure area (LPA) has been spotted in Eastern Samar, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Based on the weather forecast of PAGASA, the LPA was spotted 525 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar at around 3 a.m. it is embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms are expected in Caraga, Eastern Visayas, and Central Visayas.

Batanes and Cagayan might experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains.

In Metro Manila, and the rest of the country, weather will be partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA said the LPA has a low chance of intensifying into a tropical depression within 24 hours. AAC


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