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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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DFA tells Pinoys in Japan: Steer clear of typhoon Hagibis

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MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday urged Filipinos in Japan to “be careful” of typhoon Hagibis and avoid travelling to areas that may be lashed with its heavy rains and strong winds.

Japan is home to some 290,000 Filipinos. Areas from the west to the northeast of the country would experience “brutal winds and violent seas,” warned Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA).

“The [Philippine] Embassy has asked Filipinos in Japan to be careful as heavy rains, strong winds, high waves, and storm surges are likely to occur, and to avoid travelling to potentially affected areas until the typhoon has dissipated,” the DFA said in a statement.

Overnight, Hagibis was downgraded slightly from its “super typhoon” status, but was still forecast to be packing maximum gusts of 216 kilometers per hour when it makes landfall late Saturday.

The storm has already forced the cancellation of 2 Rugby World Cup matches, disrupted the Suzuka Grand Prix and grounded flights. Train operations in Tokyo may also be suspended, said the DFA.

The public should monitor updates from public transportation firms and the Japanese government, while Filipinos in need of help can contact the Embassy hotlines +81 80 4928 7979 and +81 80 7000 7979, added the agency.

The massive storm is expected to dump up to half a meter (nearly 20 inches) of rain on the Tokyo area in the 24 hours to midday on Sunday, with up to 80 centimeters forecast for the central Tokai area.

Japanese officials said they were on alert, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordering officials to “take every possible measure to ensure people’s safety,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

Japan is hit by around 20 typhoons a year, though the capital is not usually badly affected.

Hagibis is bearing down on the region just weeks after another powerful storm, Typhoon Faxai, hit the area with similar strength, killing 2 and causing major damage in Chiba, east of the capital.

More than 36,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in Chiba, and the local government has urged those in damaged buildings to take shelter elsewhere during the storm.

Local officials equipped with satellite phones will be dispatched across the region to ensure communities can seek help during and after the storm. | ABS CBN News

With a report from Agence France-Presse 

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‘Nimfa’ intensifies into tropical storm — PAGASA

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MANILA, Philippines — Weather disturbance “Nimfa” has intensified into a tropical storm, the state weather bureau said on Thursday.

 

At 4 p.m., Nimfa was last spotted at 735 kilometers (km) east of Basco, Batanes. The weather disturbance is packing maximum sustained winds of up to 65 kilometer per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

Pagasa said “frequent to moderate with occasional heavy rains” will persist over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Cagayan mainland, Isabela, Quirino, and Nueva Vizcaya.

Meanwhile, occasional light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains will be experienced over Metro Manila and Calabarzon.

Pagasa also said that scattered rains and isolated thunderstorms will affect Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Calamian Islands, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, Camarines province, and Catanduanes.

Pagasa also noted that Nimfa could leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday morning, Sept. 21. /je Source: Inquirer.net

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LPA off Visayas now tropical depression

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MANILA—A low-pressure area (LPA) spotted east of Visayas intensified into a tropical depression early Wednesday, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

The tropical depression is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Wednesday and will be named Marilyn, weather specialist Meno Mendoza said.

The weather disturbance was located 1,180 east of Visayas, based on PAGASA’s 5 a.m. bulletin. It is packing 45 kilometer per hour (kph) maximum sustained winds, with gusts of up to 55 kph.

The trough or extension of the tropical depression will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Eastern Visayas, Bicol Region and the provinces of Quezon and Aurora.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon or habagat, which continues to prevail over Luzon, will also bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Zambales and Bataan.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms. Via ABS-CBN News

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