Archive | July, 2014

Super Typhoon Rammasun and TS Matmo (Henry) Afternoon Update | July 18, 2014

Rammasun has rapidly intensified into a Category 4 Super Typhoon (1-min sustained winds) and is now affecting Hainan and other parts of Southern China. This highly catastrophic storm is one of the strongest cyclones to ever hit Southern China and will affect as much as 20 million people over the next 24 hours. Watch WxCaster PAT’s latest Video Update below for more in-depth analysis and forecasts for Super Typhoon Rammasun.

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China Meteorological Administration (CMA) confirmed landfall at the city of Wenchang on the Northeastern part of Hainan Island. A weather station in this city recorded winds of 180kph to as much as 220kph! The city of Haikou is also reporting sustained typhoon-force winds of up to 130kph and gusts of up to 165kph! Another highly-populated city that this system is affecting is Zhanjiang which is home to nearly 1.2 million people (nearly 7 million people metro-wide).

CCTV has now reported at least one confirmed death due to the storm. 

Radar Image from CMA

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Latest radar image out of Hainan shows the perfectly symmetrical eye now moving into Leizhou Peninsula. Widespread heavy rains



are affecting much of Hainan and parts of Guangdong Province. Outer rain bands are moving as far away as Hong Kong bringing light to moderate rains in the area. We are expecting anywhere from 200 to as much as 300mm of rainfall over the next 24 hours for Hainan and Leizhou. This will only compound to the already damaging winds in the area. Furthermore, coastal areas will also be dealing with significant storm surge especially along the eastern portions of Leizhou Peninsula.

For the latest radar images and warnings from China, please click HERE (CMA Website)

As many as 40,000 people have been told to evacuate ahead of the storm in the area.


Super Typhoon Rammasun will continue moving slowly northwestward and will continue to bring damaging weather conditions across Southern China for the next 12 hours. It will move into the Gulf of Tonkin and will weaken slightly but will still be a significant threat for Guangxi Province and Northern Vietnam.




Before the storms impact on China Typhoon Glenda (Sawyerean name Gøring, International name Rammasun) struck Metro Manila and is probably the strongest to hit Metro Manila since Typhoon Milenyo of 2006.

The storm has now caused at least 64 deaths, as tallied by the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

In Metro Manila, damage has been extensive. Until now power is yet to be restored in many areas, and Meralco announced of rotating blackout as the power supply in Luzon areas are insufficient to meet demands, due to damaged transmission lines and substations.

The rotating blackouts will ensue until the power supply stabilized, and Meralco has not yet established a definite timetable for this.

The strongest winds pummeled the Metro between 6 to 9 in the morning, where ferocious winds battered the metro. Lots of old trees, some as old as hundred years, fell, and many power lines were knocked out.

Roxas BLVD Via Rappler

Roxas BLVD Via Rappler


We’ll continue to have updates on Rammasun as well as on the newest Tropical Storm (Matmo or Bagyong Henry) out in the Philippine Sea. Please stay safe and always heed the warnings of your local officials!

Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) Evening Update | July 16, 2014

Watch WxCaster PAT’s Latest Video Update on Typhoon Rammasun (Bagyong Glenda):

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Typhoon Rammasun is now moving away from Luzon, Philippines and is heading towards Southern China. Residual rain showers are still lingering across Luzon but we expect those to become more spotty and gradually taper off by tomorrow. Some areas are still under Signal #1 however: Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bataan, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, Lubang Island, Pangasinan, and Metro Manila.

IR Image from NOAA

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Meanwhile, Typhoon Rammasun is now moving across the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) and is forecast to re-intensify as it moves across the open waters. Forecasts from different agencies are bringing the typhoon towards the island of Hainan by Friday afternoon and then into Northern Vietnam (or perhaps in Guangxi Province in China) by Saturday afternoon. Heavy rains and damaging winds will threaten the areas mentioned later this week.

We are also watching a developing Low Pressure Area (LPA) east of the Philippines. Some computer models are showing some development for this disturbance and so we will continue monitoring this area for intensification.


New Tropical Depression

New Tropical Depression


Impacts from the Storm in Luzon

At least ten deaths (via reuters) have been reported across the Philippines Wednesday due to Typhoon Rammasun / Glenda. This storm brought typhoon strength winds across southern Luzon forcing at least 370,000 people to evacuate ahead of the storm.   The city of Manila was practically shut down following all finical markets, offices and schools being closed on Wednesday.   A 25-year-old woman was killed when she was hit by a falling electricity pole as Rammasun hit the east coast on Tuesday, the Philippine disaster agency said. A pregnant woman was killed when a house wall collapsed in Lucena City in Quezon province south of the capital.   Wide spread blackouts were also reported across Luzon including the Metro Manila area where at least 85% of the city lost power.   A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200 suffered a hole on its left wing when wind gusts pushed the aircraft five metres across the tarmac at Manila airport, hitting equipment parked nearby.   At least four southeastern provinces on Luzon declared, or were about to declare, a state of calamity, allowing the local governments to tap emergency relief funds. This includes Albay where the storm made landfall Tuesday Evening. More than 200 international and domestic flights have been cancelled.  

If you have any videos or images from Typhoon Glenda, please share them with us on our Facebook Page. Stay safe!


The Agencies

Yes there are numerous agencies warning on the storm. The ones featured in the video above area JMA, JTWC and PAGASA.. To get a good idea on where it is exactly going check out some of the links below.

Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) Landfall Update | July 15, 2014

Here is the latest Video Update from WxCaster PAT:

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Typhoon Rammasun (Bagyong Glenda) has intensified even further and has now made landfall near Legazpi City in the province of Albay. Latest analysis from the Japan Meteorological Agency puts the winds at 155kph to 220kph. The system has also made a turn to the west northwest and is currently moving at 20kph.

Please click HERE for the latest list of Public Storm Warning Signals from PAGASA as of 5pm this afternoon.

IR Image from NRLMRY

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The image above highlights the last location of the eye of Rammasun. We have also highlighted the major cities along the path of this typhoon. As you can see, the effects of this storm is extensive, especially with the threat of heavy rains. Closer to the eye, the threat of damaging strong winds and storm surge are likely.

Radar Image from PAGASA

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Radar Imagery

Latest radar image courtesy of Project NOAH shows the heavy rains around the eye moving into Legazpi and Tabaco in Albay. Rains also moving into Southern Luzon. Heavy rains will continue across Bicol and Eastern Visayas through tomorrow morning. For the latest radar from Project NOAH, please click HERE

Typhoon Glenda will move across the Bicol Region tonight and then move into Southern Luzon by early tomorrow morning (Southern Luzon). We’re expecting stormy conditions to eventually move into the National Capital Region (Metro Manila) by mid-morning and into the early afternoon hours tomorrow. The system, should then, exit into the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) by tomorrow–Wednesday evening.

We’ll continue to have extensive coverage of this typhoon and we’ll keep you updated throughout the next few hours as Typhoon Rammasun (Bagyong Glenda) is now moving over land. Stay safe!

Where Signal Force 3 is in Place. 

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Winds of 100kph to 185kph are expected within the next 18 hours.

Classes are automatically suspended in all levels.

  • ‪‎Catanduanes‬
  • ‪‎Albay‬
  • ‪‎Sorsogon‬
  • ‪‎Camarines Norte‬
  • ‪‎Camarines Sur‬
  • ‪‎Masbate‬
  • ‪‎Quezon‬ including ‪‎Polillo Islands‬
  • ‪‎Marinduque‬
  • ‪‎Laguna‬
  • ‪‎Batangas‬
  • ‪‎Rizal‬
  • ‪‎NorthernS amar‬
  • northern part of ‪‎Samar‬
  • northern part of ‪‎Eastern Samar‬

The Agencies

Yes there are numerous agencies warning on the storm. The ones featured in the video above area JMA, JTWC and PAGASA.. To get a good idea on where it is exactly going check out some of the links below.

Severe Tropical Storm Rammasun (Glenda) Afternoon Update | July 14, 2014

Here is WxCaster PAT’s latest Video Update for an in-depth analysis and forecast for Severe Tropical Storm Rammasun (Bagyong Glenda).

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Rammasun continues to intensify as it nears the Philippine Islands. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center has already upgraded the system to a Typhoon while the JMA is expecting to upgrade the storm to a Typhoon in in the next 12 hours.

Meanwhile, PAGASA has placed several provinces under Signal Warnings, including Metro Manila.

As of 5pm this afternoon, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #3 for Catanduanes. Signal #2 for Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Burias and Ticao Islands, Albay, Sorsogon, Marinduque, Southern Quezon, and Northern Samar.

Signal #1 for Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Lubang Island, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Southern Aurora, Northern Quezon, Polilio Island, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, and Metro Manila.


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Rammasun (Glenda) is forecast to make landfall in the Bicol Region by early tomorrow morning. Heavy rains and strong winds will begin to impact Eastern Visayas and Southern Luzon tonight. Samar and Catanduanes Islands will see strong winds and even the threat of storm surge along the coast. It will move west northwestward tomorrow across Bicol bringing stormy conditions across the Region.

IR Image from NRLMRY

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Rammasun will then move into Southern Luzon and impact the area including Metro Manila by tomorrow afternoon and into the evening hours. Rammasun should then exit into the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) by Wednesday morning. We’re expecting

Signal Force Warnings

200 to as much as 300mm of rain to fall over the next 24 hours so the flooding and landslides will be very high especially in low-lying and mountainous areas and also near bodies of water.

Please heed the warnings of your local officials for the latest warnings. And if there are any evacuations in your area, please follow them, stay safe!

As we often say here at westpacwx. If conditions look bad outside and seem dangerous. They probably area.

Impacts on Manila

The city is noctorios for being flood prone and this storm will be no different. Heavy rainfall on Tuesday night through Wednesday will bring flash flooding across the Metro area likely stopping traffic for most of the city.

Furthermore strong westerly winds could bring a coastal storm surge around Roxas BLVD and much the immediate coastline.  If you are in an area that often floods be sure to make proper preparations to avoid casualties first then property.

Should you Prepare?


Yes if you are in the cone of error be ready for possible flooding and even the threat of winds lifting light objects especially along the eastern seaboards. As our partner Karen from K Weather said.  “PAGASA says this may be stronger than Milenyo. No harm in heeding their warning and preparing for a strong typhoon. If it doesn’t happen, well and good.”

As we know storms can be very deadly in the Philippines. But more often than not especially with some of the weak storms we hear of people who died because they did something foolish like swim through flood waters or did not take the storm seriously. Also be prepared and as always stay safe!

The Agencies

Yes there are numerous agencies warning on the storm. The ones featured in the video above area JMA, JTWC and PAGASA.. To get a good idea on where it is exactly going check out some of the links below.