TD ‘Usman’ enters PAR, threatens Eastern Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   December 25, 2018   •   21202

Satellite imagery as of December 25 (5:20 p.m PHT) | PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines – As of 3:00 pm, weather bureau PAGASA has monitored tropical depression ‘Usman’ at  955km east of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur packed with maximum sustained winds of 45km/h and gustiness of 65km/h.

It moves in the northwest direction at 20km/h.

PAGASA said, warning signals in some parts of the country will be raised tomorrow (December 26).

Based on PAGASA’s forecast, tropical depression Usman is expected to make landfall somewhere in Eastern Visayas on Friday, December 28.

‘Usman’ is the 21st tropical cyclone that entered the Philippine area of responsibility in 2018. – Rey Pelayo

Monsoon rains to prevail as Typhoon Hanna exits PAR

Marje Pelayo   •   August 9, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA announced that Typhoon Hanna (international name Lekima) has exited the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) at 12:30 AM on Friday (August 8).

However, PAGASA said moderate to heavy monsoon rains will still prevail over the areas of Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro and northern portions of Palawan (including Calamian Islands) due to the effects of the southwest monsoon or habagat.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila, Western Visayas, and the rest of CALABARZON, Central Luzon, and MIMAROPA will experience light to moderate with intermittent heavy monsoon rains throughout the day.

As of 4:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon Hanna was observed at 645 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes outside PAR. It is moving north northwest at 20 kph packed with maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TWCS) has been lifted over Batanes however, gusty conditions will continue over most of Luzon and Visayas due to the enhanced habagat.

Thus, sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas and the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao due to potentially rough seas.

Meanwhile, PAGASA estimated the location of Typhoon Krosa at 1,990 km east of extreme northern Luzon.

It is moving slowly towards the east direction and is not expected to enter the PAR.

LPA likely to develop into tropical depression within 48 hours

Marje Pelayo   •   July 14, 2019

Satellite image as of July 14, 2019, 1:50 pm. Image from PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines – The low pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) is forecast to develop into a tropical depression within 48 hours.

According to state weather bureau PAGASA’s weather advisory on Sunday (July 14), the LPA was estimated at 1,205 kilometers east of Visayas outside PAR.

The LPA, according to PAGASA, is expected to enter PAR on Sunday evening or Monday morning (July 15).

Once it develops into a tropical depression, it would be named “Falcon,” the country’s 6th tropical cyclone this year.

According to PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez, the potential tropical cyclone may influence the southwest monsoon or ‘habagat’ which will bring rains over parts of Luzon and Visayas in the coming days.

Meanwhile, cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and scattered thunderstorms will still prevail over eastern Visayas and Mindanao.

The public and concerned agencies are advised to continue monitoring for updates from PAGASA.

LPA spotted east of Mindanao — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 27, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The southwest monsoon (habagat) continues to affect some parts of the country after tropical depression (TD) Dodong exited the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

As of 6:00 a.m. Thursday (June 27), TD Dodong was located at 1,165 km northeast of extreme northern Luzon.

It is heading towards the southern portion of Japan.

Meanwhile, habagat is expected to bring scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in Ilocos Region, Visayas, most part of Central Luzon, Marinduque and Romblon.

Likewise, isolated thunderstorms will also be experienced in Metro Manila and the provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro and Palawan.

Localized thunderstorms may also be experienced over the rest of the country.

Meanwhile, state weather bureau PAGASA located another low pressure area (LPA) at 1,295 km. east of Mindanao.It may develop into a tropical cyclone once it enters PAR in the coming days and will be named ‘Egay’.

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