Archive | August 11, 2013

Typhoon Utor (Labuyo) Morning Update #11 | August 12, 2013

Typhoon Utor (Bagyong Labuyo) has made landfall in the town of Casiguran, Aurora at about 3am Philippine Time. It has since weakened but remains a powerful Category 3 Typhoon as it moves into the provinces of Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya. Typhoon Utor was last located approximately 70km east of Baguio City or about 180km north northeast of Manila. Maximum sustained winds are down slightly to 165kph with gusts of up to 240kph. Utor is moving west northwestward at 25kph.

As of 5am this morning, here are the latest Signal Warnings from PAGASA:

Signal #3: Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Benguet, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Northern Aurora.

Signal #2: Calayan, Babuyan Group of Islands, Zambales, Tarlac, Rest of Aurora, and Nueva Ecija.

Signal #1: Batanes, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, Northern Quezon, Polillo Island, Laguna, Cavite,  and Metro Manila.

Radar Image from Subic

Subic radar

Latest radar image from Subic shows widespread rains now moving across Northern and Central Luzon. As much as 10 to 30mm of rain could fall per hour. Farther to the south, expect relatively lighter rains including parts of Metro Manila and Southern Luzon. However, we still expect much of the region to get up to 100mm of rain today. Meanwhile to the north, there could be as much as 300mm of rain falling today bringing the risk of flooding and landslides. For the latest radar images and warnings, please click HERE (ClimateX)

Typhoon Utor should continue moving quickly to the west northwest, passing through the provinces of Benguet (passing near Baguio by noontime) and then La Union before moving into the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea later this afternoon. Strong winds still extend up to 100km away from the center so nearby provinces such as Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Ifugao, and Ilocos Sur should continue to expect typhoon conditions throughout the day today.

Stay safe!

-WxCaster PAT


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Typhoon Utor (Labuyo) Early Evening Update #9 | August 11, 2013

Here is our latest Video Update; it is 15 minutes long and packed with lots of important information. Stay throughout to get the in-depth analysis regarding Utor’s impacts as it makes landfall in Luzon.

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Typhoon Utor (Bagyong Labuyo) has intensified further as it nears the coast of Aurora. It was last located approximately 230km east southeast of Casiguran, Aurora or about 350km east northeast of Manila. Maximum sustained winds from JMA are now at 165kph with gusts of up to 240kph. Meanwhile, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center has increased the winds to 215kph sustained and gusts of up to 260kph making Utor a Category 4 Typhoon. Typhoon Utor is moving west northwestward at 20kph.

Baler Radar from DOST PAGASA

baler radar

Click HERE to get to PAGASA’s Facebook Page and get the latest updates and radar images.

As of 5pm this afternoon, PAGASA has issued Signal Warnings to the following provinces:

Signal #3: Aurora, Nueva Viscaya, Mt. Province, Polilio Island, Quirino, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Ecija, and Isabela.

Signal #2: Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Rizal, Northern Quezon, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, and Cagayan.

Signal #1: Albay, Sorsogon, Rest of Quezon, Laguna, Calayan, Babuyan Group of Islands, Ilocos Norte, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, and Metro Manila.

Rainfall Forecast (NOT OFFICIAL!)


Our rain map (not official!) shows where the heaviest rains will fall over the next 24 hours. Basically, provinces in Northern Luzon should expect more than 200mm of rain along with the possibility of landslides flashfloods. Meanwhile, areas in Central and Southern Luzon, including Manila, should expect rainfall amounts of 10o to 200mm with the potential of urban flooding. Farther to the south, the southwesterly flow associated with Utor could bring rains of up to 100mm with minor flooding possible as well.

Wind Forecast (NOT OFFICIAL!)

wind map

Utor should not only bring rains but strong winds as well. Areas in red could see 200kph which could destroy infrastructure and uproot massive amounts of trees. Please heed the warnings of your local officials, head to higher ground, stock up on food and water, and evacuate if you feel your house isn’t strong enough to withstand the storm.


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