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Signal#4 raised over Cagayan and Northern Isabela

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, September 14th, 2018

Source: Meteorological Satellite Center of JMA https://www.data.jma.go.jp/mscweb/data/himawari/sat_img.php


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Weather bureau PAGASA has raised tropical cyclone signal number 4 over the areas of Cagayan and Northern Isabela.

This means residents in the said area may expect strong winds of up to 171 to 220kph in the next 12 hours.

As of 4:00 p.m. Friday (September 14) Typhoon Ompong is monitored at 340 east-northeast of Casiguran Aurora packed with maximum sustained winds of 205kph and gustiness of 255kph. It is moving northwest at 30kph.

Monsoon rains are now affecting southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Signal#3 is raised over the areas of:

  • Babuyan Group of Islands
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Apayao
  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Mt. Province
  • Benguet
  • Ifugao
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Northern Aurora
  • Isabela.

Residents in these areas may expect 121kph to170kph of winds in the next 18 hours.


Meanwhile, signal#2 is raised over the areas of

  • Batanes
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • Tarlac
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Aurora
  • N. Zambales

Residents in these areas may expect 61kph to 120kph of winds in the next 24 hours.

Signal#1 is still up over areas of:

  • S. Zambales
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • Bataan
  • Rizal
  • Metro Manila
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Laguna
  • Quezon including Polilio Islands.

Residents in these areas may expect winds of up to 30kph in the next 36 hours. – Marje Pelayo

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Duterte suggests names for tropical cyclones; ‘Zigzag’ draws funny comments

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, January 7th, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a situation briefing with members of his cabinet and local government officials to discuss disaster response measures in the aftermath of Tropical Depression (TD) ‘Usman’. at the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC) in Pili, Camarines Sur on January 4, 2019 ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Netizens posted funny comments when PAGASA released the names of potential tropical cyclones for 2019.

Some expressed disbelief to see the word (or name?) ‘Zigzag’ included on the list of tropical cyclones likely to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) this year.

Netizen, Lyndon Alexis said he once dreamed of having his name on the list.

Meanwhile, no less than President Rodrigo Duterte offered names to be included on PAGASA’s list.

“Mga Bernadette ganun.  Leonora. Mga — si Leni  ganun ba,” the President said in jest to the amusement of officials present during the situation briefing in Pili, Camarines Sur on Saturday (January 4) on the aftermath of Tropical Depression Usman.

The President made this remark after he observed that the name ‘Usman’ is a strong name for a typhoon.

 “Alam mo dapat ang mga bagyo, huwag ninyong pangalanan na mga Usman. Si Randy Usman, Maranao iyan.  He’s my brother in the Maranao side. Mga Usman-Usman, ang tindi niyan,” the President said.

President Duterte apparently derived his suggestions from Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and Education Secretary Leonor Briones who were present at the briefing while Vice President Leni Robredo was not in the assembly.

The President made a serious note, however, when someone suggested the name ‘Leila’ referring to Senator Leila de Lima.

No, we should not take her name in vain,” the President concluded. – Marje Pelayo

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Tropical Cyclone names for 2019

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019



QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The weather agency PAGASA assigns a local name for tropical cyclones when they are already inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), just as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) maintains a rotating list of international names for tropical cyclones worldwide.

Here are the names assigned by PAGASA for potential tropical cyclones that the public may expect this year:

  1. Amang
  2. Betty
  3. Chedeng
  4. Dodong
  5. Egay
  6. Falcon
  7. Goring
  8. Hanna
  9. Ineng
  10. Jenny
  11. Kabayan
  12. Liwayway (a replacement for Typhoon Lando)
  13. Marilyn
  14. Nimfa
  15. Onyok
  16. Perla
  17. Quiel
  18. Ramon
  19. Sarah
  20. Tisoy
  21. Ursula (a replacement for TS Urduja)
  22. Viring
  23. Weng
  24. Yoyoy
  25. Zigzag

Meanwhile, PAGASA decommissions the name of a cyclone if its deadly (at least 300 deaths) and costly (with P1 billion worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure).

Among the names decommissioned by PAGASA were:

Tropical Storm Ondoy (international name Ketsana) in 2009;

Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) in 2013;

Typhoon Lando (international name Koppu) in 2015;

Tropical Storm Urduja (international name Kai-tak) in 2017.

Following their retirement, the name ‘Ondoy’ was replaced by ‘Odette’ in 2013 and ‘Yolanda’ was replaced by ‘Yasmin’ in 2017.

PAGASA also prepares an auxiliary list in the event that the number of tropical cyclones exceeds 25.

For the complete list of rotating names for tropical cyclones, visit PAGASA’s website www.bagong.pagasa.dost.gov.ph.

– Marje Pelayo


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‘Amihan’ to bring rains in Luzon; Catarman gets highest volume of rainfall due to ‘Usman’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, December 31st, 2018

PAGASA-DOST Satellite Image as of December 31, 2018 @ 8:30 am

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is likely to have a rainy new year this year.

Based on PAGASA’s forecast, ‘Amihan’ or the northeast monsoon will prevail over Luzon on Monday (December 31).

PAGASA said light rains will be experienced in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR): and Central Luzon.

Ocassional rains will be experienced in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon while scattered thunderstorms that may trigger flood and landslide will be experienced in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, PAGASA recorded highest volume of rainfall in Catarman, Northern Samar during the onset of tropical depression ‘Usman’.

The agency recorded 438mm of rains in a period of 24 hours in Catarman on December 27, more than half of the 600mm average rainfall in the area for one month. – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo

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