Archive | August, 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

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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

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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!)

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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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Typhoon Utor (Labuyo) Update # 6 Morning | August 11, 2013

Typhoon Utor (Bagyong Labuyo) looks like it has stopped rapidly intensifying. However, it remains a strong Category 2 Typhoon. It was last located approximately 230km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or about 560km east southeast of Manila. Maximum sustained winds, according to JMA, remain at 155kph with gusts of up to 215kph. Typhoon Utor has also begun to move west northwesterly with a speed of about 20kph.

As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has now raised Public Storm Warning Signal #3 for Catanduanes. Signal #2 is in effect for Isabela, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Quirino, Polillo Is., Camarines Norte, and Camarines Sur. Signal #1 for Cagayan, Calayan Group of Islands, Babuyan Group of Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur , Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Mountain Province, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Rizal, Quezon, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Marinduque, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias, Ticao Islands,  and Metro Manila.

Radar Image from Virac (PAGASA)

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Latest radar image out of Virac, Catanduanes is finally showing Utor’s center of circulation. Bands of light to moderate rains are now beginning to impact the Bicol Region and parts of Samar Island in Visayas. As mentioned above, we expect 200 to maybe even 300mm of rain falling along the eastern portions of Luzon today and into tomorrow. For the latest radar images and forecasts, please click HERE (PAGASA Website).

Typhoon Utor will continue moving west northwestward and could intensify further into a Category 3 later today. It will pass near Catanduanes later this afternoon, bringing typhoon-force winds in the area. Heavy rains will then spread into Bicol and parts of Southern Luzon including Metro Manila.

We’ll have more updates later today. Remember that we’ll be having a Live Discussion at 11am today Philippine Time. Please visit their Facebook Page for more details.

Stay safe!

-WxCaster PAT


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Typhoon Utor (Bagyong Labuyo) Update #4 Early Evening | August 10, 2013

This is Weather Caster PAT’s latest Update on Typhoon Utor. Meteorologist Robert Speta has also released his update and own thoughts on this system earlier this afternoon; click HERE for his complete update. Also remember that he’ll be having a live discussion later tonight (11pm Philippine Time) on Utor; stay with Western Pacific Weather and also on our Facebook Page for the latest update.

Utor has rapidly intensified today into a Category 1 Typhoon! Typhoon Utor (Bagyong Labuyo) was last located approximately 480km east of Virac, Catanduanes or about 830km east southeast of Manila. Latest JMA Analysis puts the maximum sustained winds at around 130kph with gusts reaching up to 185kph. TY Utor is moving westward at 25kph.

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As of 5pm this afternoon, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #1 for Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay, Sorsogon, Northern Quezon, Polilio Island, Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Quirino, and Catanduanes.These provinces should expect to see stormy conditions beginning in 24 hours. Strong gusty winds and heavy rains are possible and even high waves along the coast. Please prepare now if you are in these areas and as always, consult with your local officials for the latest warnings for your region.

Radar Image from Virac (PAGASA)

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Typhoon Utor should move west northwestward tonight. Outer rain bands from the storm could start impacting Catanduanes and Samar beginning tonight and early tomorrow morning. Conditions along the eastern seaboard of Luzon, especially across the Bicol Region, should start deteriorating by tomorrow and will spread northward into the provinces of Quezon, Aurora, and Isabela. Utor (Labuyo) is forecast to make landfall in the Aurora Isabela area (near Casiguran) by early Monday morning as a possible Category 3 typhoon. For the latest Signal Warnings and Radar Images, please click HERE (PAGASA Website)

Continue to stay with us for the latest updates on this storm. Stay safe!

-WxCaster PAT