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WEATHER UPDATES: PHILIPPINES BRACE UP FOR TD AGATON, TS MALAKAS

Rains and gusty winds will prevail over Eastern Samar, and the Dinagat, Siargao, and Bucas Grande Islands as the low-pressure area (LPA) that has been hovering over the country these past days has developed into a tropical depression.

In its 4 a.m. weather bulletin on Saturday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the center of the tropical depression, given the local name “Agaton”, was last estimated at 120 km. east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph and gustiness of up to 55 kph.

The weather bureau is also monitoring a tropical cyclone outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

As of 3 a.m., PAGASA reported a tropical storm, with the international name “Malakas”, last spotted 2,015 km. east of Mindanao, with maximum sustained winds of 74 kph and gustiness of up to 90 kph. It was moving west-northwest at 15 kph. READ MORE

PAGASA: LPA OFF MINDANAO NOT LIKELY TO DEVELOP INTO A TYPHOON

iT IS UNLIKELY that the low-pressure area (LPA) that formed inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), would develop into a typhoon, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

But the weather bureau said the LPA that enterred PAR this weekend can pose potential flash floods and landslides risk in parts of the Visayas and Mindanao. 

“It’s still unlikely for the LPA to develop into a tropical cyclone,” weather forecaster Chris Perez he said. 

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Perez said the LPA may move near Mindanao then eventually either dissipate or cross the island. 

According to PAGASA, as of 10 a.m. Monday, the LPA was some 185 kilometers east of Hinatuan municipality in Caraga in Surigao del Sur province.

NO TYPHOON PAOLO FOR PINOYS ON XMAS, NEW YEAR

By ROGER M. BALANZA

There will be no weather disturbance or typhoon to spoil the Pinoys’ celebration of Christmas or New Year this year.

The Low Pressure Area (LPA) off Mindanao moving towards the country that the weather bureau earlier predicted could develop into a tropical syclone named “Paolo” after it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR)  has dissipated.

The LPA was reduced to a cloud cluster and it will have no impact on the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

Read: PAGASA: LPA OFF MINDANAO COULD DEVELOP INTO TYPHOON PAOLO

There will be no potential tropical cyclone in the next two to three days, on Thursday, December 23.

On Christmas Eve or Friday, December 24, the Philippines will have generally fair weather, said the weather bureau.

TYPHOON UPDATE: ODETTE TO EXIT TODAY

 After nine landalls in Mindanao and the Visayas, Typhoon Odette early Saturday, December 18, was on its way out of the country but not before hitting the Kalayaan Island Group in the West Philippine Sea.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Odette was expected to pass in the vicinity of the Kalayaan Island Group, which is part of Palawan, on Saturday, and exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) either in the morning or afternoon.

Odette’ weakens

MANILA – Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 3 remained hoisted over Northern Palawan even as Typhoon Odette slightly weakened on Friday night.The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said “Odette” still packs maximum sustained… Read More

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PAGASA: TROPICAL DEPRESSION TO ENTER PHILIPINES

Isolated rain showers to prevail 

PAGASA also monitored a tropical depression (TD) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), last tracked 1,590 kilometers east of the Visayas.

 Isolated rain showers caused by localized thunderstorms will prevail over most parts of the archipelago, the weather bureau said Tuesday. In its 4 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said shear line would… Read More