TS Auring slightly weakens as it moves northwestward

Maris Federez   •   February 20, 2021   •   530

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Storm Auring is now bringing light to moderate with at times heavy rains on Saturday over Caraga and Eastern Visayas. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 5:00 PM weather update that heavy rains will be felt until Saturday evening.

Moderate to heavy rains, on the other hand, will be felt over Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Eastern Visayas. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Northern Mindanao, Bicol Region, Mimaropa, Quezon, and the rest of Visayas and Caraga on Sunday (February 21).

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be expected over Bicol Region, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, and the southern portion of Quezon due to the combined effects of the weather disturbance and the Shear Line until Monday.

PAGASA said that under these conditions, scattered to widespread flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides are likely during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps.

Adjacent or nearby areas may also experience flooding in the absence of such rainfall occurrence due to surface runoff or swelling of river channels. PAGASA Regional Services Divisions may issue local thunderstorm/rainfall advisories and heavy rainfall warnings while the Hydrometeorology Division and River Basin Flood Forecasting and Warning Centers may issue General Flood Advisories and Basin Flood Bulletins as appropriate, the state weather bureau said.

PAGASA added that in the next 24 hours, “the combined effects of the surge of the Northeast Monsoon and Tropical Storm Auring will bring strong to gale-force winds over the areas where Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1 is in effect, as well as over the rest of Visayas, Bicol Region, Calabarzon, and Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, and the northern portion of Palawan (including Calamian, Cuyo, and Kalayaan Islands). A strong breeze to near-gale conditions is also likely over the rest of Luzon.

The weather station also said that “rough to high seas (2.8 to 6.0 m) will be experienced over the seaboards of areas under TCWS in the next 24 hours.”

Rough to very rough seas (2.8 to 5.0 m) will prevail over the eastern and southern seaboards of Southern Luzon and the remaining seaboards of Visayas. Rough seas (2.5 to 4.0 m) will prevail over the northern and western seaboards of Mindanao and the remaining seaboards of Luzon. Sea travel is risky for all types of sea vessels over these waters, the advisory said.

Pagasa also warned that moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 3.0 m) will be experienced over the remaining seaboards of the country. Mariners of small sea crafts are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.

TS Auring is forecast to continue moving generally northwestward throughout the forecast period. Its center is forecast to make landfall over the Dinagat-Homonhon-Leyte area on Sunday evening or Monday early morning then cross Visayas and Mimaropa, PAGASA added.

TS Auring is more likely to weaken to tropical depression before it makes landfall over Caraga. It will likely further weaken to Low Pressure Area by Monday due to significant terrain interaction and persistent vertical wind shear during this passage over the archipelago, the weather bureau said.

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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