Typhoon Kiko expected to maintain strength as it moves towards Cagayan, Isabela

Marje Pelayo   •   September 9, 2021   •   328

MANILA, Philippines — Several parts of Cagayan and Isabela may experience heavy to intense with at times torrential rains due to Typhoon Kiko.

According to the latest bulletin from PAGASA, these conditions may begin Friday (September 10) afternoon and may specifically affect the areas of Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Batanes, and northern Isabela.

Meanwhile, moderate to heavy with at times intense rains may be experienced over the rest of Isabela.

PAGASA warned that widespread flooding and rain-induced landslides are possible especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 remains hoisted over the areas of Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, the northeastern portion of Apayao and the northeastern portion of Isabela where strong winds are expected within 36 hours.

PAGASA warns, however, that as the typhoon progresses towards extreme Northern Luzon, higher wind signals will be hoisted in some localities within Northern Luzon.

Based on the latest track and intensity forecast, TCWS No.4 remains the highest wind signal that will be hoisted for Typhoon Kiko.

The typhoon is forecast to pass very close to northeastern Cagayan and cross the vicinity of Babuyan Islands and Batanes between tomorrow afternoon and Saturday afternoon.

The state weather agency sees the possible landfall of Typhoon Kiko over the northeastern portion of Cagayan.

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

Typhoon Kiko is forecast to maintain its strength in the next 24 hours while passing close to mainland northern Luzon.

Weakening is forecast to begin by Saturday morning while the typhoon is traversing the Babuyan Islands and Luzon Strait.

US donates 500 shelter-grade tarps for families affected by Typhoon Kiko in Batanes

Marje Pelayo   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The United States government through the USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance donated 500 shelter-grade tarpaulins for Filipino families in Batanes whose houses were affected by Typhoon Kiko (International name Chanthu).

The tarps, which arrived on Thursday (September 24), were transported by USAID Philippines partner International Organization for Migration (IOM) Philippines in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Philippine Air Force.

Soon, another 450 USAID shelter-grade tarps will be delivered to the province through the assistance of the Philippine Navy.

All tarpaulin shelters will help 500 affected families in the province.

 

Southwest monsoon affecting Luzon, ITCZ affecting Southern Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   September 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical cyclone Chantu (Typhoon Kiko) has exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and is now 790 kilometers North of Itbayat, Batanes.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the Southwest Monsoon and the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over the areas of Babuyan Islands, Batanes, Ilocos Region, Abra, Benguet, Zambales, Bataan, MIMAROPA, the Zamboanga Peninsula, and the Bangsamoro.

This may cause flash floods or landslides due to heavy to at times intense rains in the said areas.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to the combined effects of the Southwest Monsoon and localized thunderstorms.

All Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals are now lifted.

However, PAGASA said the enhanced Southwest Monsoon will bring occasional gusts reaching strong breezes to near gale strength over the coastal and upland or mountain areas of Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA in the next 24 hours.

‘Kiko’ slightly weakens as it heads for Taiwan

UNTV News   •   September 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Kiko has slightly weakened on Sunday morning and is now over the sea, east of Central Taiwan, state weather bureau PAGASA said in its 5:00 a.m. advisory.

As of 4:00 a.m. the eye of the typhoon was located 245 km north of Itbayat, Batanes.

It has maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center with gustiness of up to 215 km/h as it moves northward at 15 km/h.

TROPICAL CYCLONE WIND SIGNALS IN EFFECT:

TCWS#2 (Damaging gale-force to storm-force winds prevailing or expected within 24 hours)

  • northern portion of Batanes (Itbayat)

TCWS#1 (Strong winds prevailing or expected within 36 hours)

  • northern portion of Babuyan Islands (Babuyan Is., Calayan Is., Panuitan Is.) and the rest of Batanes

Tropical cyclone wind signals hoisted in other areas have been lifted.

Typhoon Kiko will bring heavy to intense with at times torrential rains over Batanes. Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains are also likely over Babuyan Islands in the next 24 hours.

Under these conditions, scattered to widespread flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides are possible especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazard as identified in hazard maps.

Kiko will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing monsoon rains over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and the western section of Central Luzon in the next 24 hours.

The typhoon is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility this afternoon or evening. Throughout the forecast period, further weakening will continue but “Kiko” will remain within typhoon category.

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