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Potential tropical cyclone may enter PAR on January 18 or 19

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MANILA, Philippines – Weather forecasters continue to monitor a low-pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

In a briefing at 5 pm on Tuesday, January 15, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the LPA is now 2,720 kilometers east of Mindanao.

It might enter PAR either on Friday, January 18, or Saturday, January 19. | Read more via Rappler

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PAGASA sees fair weather on New Year’s Eve

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MANILA – State weather bureau PAGASA sees fair weather on Monday night, New Year’s Eve, after Tropical Depression Usman weakened into a low-pressure area.

But weather forecaster Alex Cada told ABS-CBN News Sunday that some parts of the country may still experience light to moderate rains until Monday morning mostly due to the northeast monsoon.

In its Sunday forecast, PAGASA said Metro Manila and Southern Luzon may experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and
thunderstorms due the low-pressure area and tail-end of the cold front.

Meanwhile, the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan and Central Luzon may experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains due to the northeast monsoon.

The rest of the country, PAGASA added, may experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.  Read more

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More areas under signal 2 as typhoon Rosita howls closer to Luzon

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MANILA – The state weather bureau on Monday upgraded storm signals as typhoon Rosita (Yutu) roared closer to towards Luzon, threatening the region with floods and possible storm surges and landslides.

At 7 a.m., Rosita was spotted 510 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, maintaining maximum sustained winds of 170 kilometers per hour and 210 kph gusts, said PAGASA.

The typhoon is expected to hit land in the Isabela-Aurora area early Tuesday, PAGASA meteorologist Benison Estareja told radio DZMM.

Ten areas were placed under signal 2, including Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Quirino, Polillo Island, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Benguet and Nueva Vizcaya.

These areas may be whipped by 120 kph winds that can topple banana trees, rip off the roofs of nipa and cogon houses, and damage rice and corn crops, warned PAGASA.

Signal 1, meanwhile, was raised over the following areas, which could experience up to 60 kph winds.

  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • Abra
  • Apayao
  • Batanes
  • Babuyan Group of Islands
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Pampanga
  • Tarlac
  • Northern Quezon
  • Rizal
  • Bulacan
  • Metro Manila
  • Laguna
  • Batangas
  • Bataan
  • Zambales
  • Cavite
  • Camarines Norte

Forecast track of Typhoon Rosita (Yutu) as of October 29, 2018, 8 am. Image from PAGASA

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