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New low pressure area enters PAR

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MANILA—A new low-pressure area (LPA) entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Monday night, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

The weather disturbance was spotted 975 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar and is moving in a northwest direction, weather specialist Ariel Rojas said.

The LPA has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone, but will bring rains over the eastern part of the country, he added.

The LPA’s trough or extension will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon or habagat, which continues to prevail over the western section of northern Luzon, will bring isolated rain showers over Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms. (Source: ABS-CBN News)

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Severe Weather Bulletin #1 for Tropical Depression “Jenny”

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SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN #01
FOR: TROPICAL DEPRESSION “#JennyPH
TROPICAL CYCLONE: WARNING
ISSUED AT 5:00 PM, 26 August 2019
(Valid for broadcast until the next bulletin to be issued at 11 PM today)

THE LOW PRESSURE EAST OF VIRAC, CATANDUANES HAS DEVELOPED INTO TROPICAL DEPRESSION AND WAS NAMED “JENNY”.

•Between today and tomorrow (27 August) afternoon, “JENNY” will bring light to moderate rains with intermittent heavy rains over Caraga, Eastern Visayas, and Bicol Region.
•Between tomorrow afternoon and Wednesday (28 August) afternoon, moderate to heavy rains may prevail over Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, northern Aurora, Kalinga, Abra, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, and La Union. Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and the rest of Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon.
•Residents in the aforementioned areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to floods and rain-induced landslides, are advised to take precautionary measures, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates, especially the Thunderstorm Advisories and Heavy Rainfall Warnings to be issued by PAGASA Regional Services Divisions.
•Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1 may be raised over Ilocos Norte, Babuyan Islands, and the rest of Pangasinan in the next Severe Weather Bulletin.
•Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS due to potentially rough sea conditions.

Location of eye/center At 4:00 PM today, the center of Tropical Depression “JENNY” was estimated based on all available data at 670 km East of Virac, Catanduanes(14.2°N, 130.4°E).
Strength: Maximum winds of up to 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.
Movement: Moving Northwest at 25 km/h.

Forecast Positions
•24 Hour(Tomorrow afternoon): 370 km East of Baler, Aurora(15.8°N, 125.0°E)
•48 Hour(Wednesday afternoon):160 km West of Sinait, Ilocos Sur(17.3°N, 118.9°E)
•72 Hour(Thursday afternoon): 455 km West of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (OUTSIDE PAR)(18.6°N, 116.3°E)
•96 Hour(Friday afternoon):935 km West Northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (OUTSIDE PAR)(20.0°N, 111.9°E)
•120 Hour(Saturday afternoon):1,145 km West of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR)(21.4°N, 111.0°E)

TROPICAL CYCLONE WIND SIGNAL

TCWS#1 (30-60 km/h Expected in 36 hours)
Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, eastern portion of Pangasinan, northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Island, and Catanduanes

The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next Severe Weather Bulletin to be issued at 11 PM today.

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Chinese survey ship spotted in PH exclusive economic zone

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MANILA – A Chinese survey ship that was seen earlier this month sailing east of the Philippines was spotted once again inside the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ), maritime experts have confirmed.

Chinese oceanographic survey ship “Zhangjian” entered the Philippines’ EEZ, said Ryan Martinson, Assistant Professor of the Chinese Maritime Studies Institute at the US Naval War College who posted the ship’s position on Twitter.

Professor Jay Batongbacal, Director of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, and Jess Floren of the Karagatan Patrol confirmed the ship’s presence in the country’s EEZ.

The survey ship Zhangjian was tracked making grid-like, back-and-forth movements in the Philippine Sea for days, a movement the experts suggest was indicative of scientific exploration.

The grid-like maneuvers, however, took place just outside the Philippines’ EEZ, which is not violative of Philippine maritime rights ABS-CBN News reports.

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Trump confirms he is considering attempt to buy Greenland

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Donald Trump has confirmed he is considering an attempt to buy Greenland for strategic reasons, though he said the idea is “not No1 on the burner”.

The US president’s interest, reported earlier this week, was greeted internationally with widespread hilarity but with indignation in Greenland and Denmark.

The government of the semi-autonomous Danish territory insisted it was not for sale. The Danish prime minister called any discussion of a sale “absurd”.

Nonetheless, on Sunday White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow first confirmed the story in an interview, before Trump spoke to reporters as he left New Jersey to return from vacation to Washington.

Saying the “concept came up” and he was “looking at it”, the man who runs a notoriously leaky White House also questioned how the idea found its way to the press.

Trump sought to tie the idea of a US purchase of the world’s largest island – not including the continent of Australia – to his own area of professional expertise, saying it would be “essentially a large real estate deal”.

“Denmark essentially owns it,” he said. “We’re very good allies with Denmark, we protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So the concept came up and I said, ‘Certainly I’d be.’ Strategically it’s interesting and we’d be interested but we’ll talk to them a little bit. It’s not No1 on the burner, I can tell you that.”

(Via The Guardian)

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