Archive | December, 2014

Tropical Storm Jangmi / Seniang floods NE Mindanao, threatens Visayas

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Tropical Storm Jangmi made landfall earlier this morning along coastal Surigao del Sur.  Currently, it has emerged north of Mindanao as it continues moving west-northwest toward the Central and Western Visayas.

Storm Update (1)

Although, Jangmi remains barely a tropical storm, the main threat will continue to be significant rainfall as this system slowly tracks westward.  Hardest affected so far appears to be the Caraga region of Mindanao.  Specifically, between Saturday at 8 am (PhST) and Monday at 2 pm, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, received 504.2 mm (19.85″); Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, received 223.8 mm (8.81″); Butuan, Agusan del Norte, received 217.8 mm (8.57″); and Punta Maria Borongan, Eastern Samar, received 217.0 mm (8.54″).

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Currently, there are reports of widespread landslides across northeastern Mindanao while thousands are evacuating their homes.    NDRRMC is not reporting casualties at this time; however, media is reporting varied amounts between 1-3 deaths at this time ranging from drownings to accidents.  Unfortunately, given the reports of flooding and landslides–especially close to population–this number may raise.  We received the following video of flooding along the Cagayan de Oro river where water levels have rose rapidly:

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Moving forward, the rain threat will continue moving westward toward Siquijor and Negros Oriental throughout the day on Tuesday.  We should see a shift in the track toward the west-southwest thanks to building high pressure across the South China Sea.  Near term–this means southern Palawan will see the center move toward them.  However, we shouldn’t focus on the center track considering the rain extends well away from the center of circulation and will be a factor for most throughout the Visayas and southern Luzon.  Long term–the west-southwesterly track will cause the storm to move toward western Malaysia where they have been dealing with their own heavy rain problem lately.  Jangmi appears poise to further compound the problem there.



Tropical Depression Seniang pouring rain on Mindanao

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Tropical Depression Seniang continues moving west toward Mindanao and we’re already seeing heavy rains affect Caraga Region.  Hinatuan, Surgiao del Sur, recorded 66 mm (2.60 “) of rainfall between 8 am and 2 pm PhST.  This is expected to continue into Monday and Tuesday as the cyclone moves across Mindanao and into the Visayas.

Storm Update (1)

In response to the depression, PAGASA has issued Public Storm Warning Signal #1 for much of eastern Mindanao and portions of Eastern and Central Visayas.  The threat of moderate to heavy rains, with rain rates reaching up to 15 mm/hr, along with occasional gusty winds are expected in these areas.  Those in low-lying areas and along river banks are warned about flash floods while those in higher terrain are cautioned against possible landslides.  Later, these same rains will affect much of the Visayas and Palawan as Seniang moves westward toward the South China Sea this week.

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PAGASA’s forecast is a compromise between JMA’s southerly track toward Misamis Oriental and JTWC’s northerly track toward Cebu and central Negros.  However, considering this system is more of a rain threat versus a wind threat, it’s best not to focus on the track line, but rather the shaded region as the rain along the periphery of the storm will be the greatest impact.




Tropical Storm Hagupit (Ruby) in Southern Luzon | Afternoon Video Update

Tropical Storm Hagupit (Bagyong Ruby) is now moving near the province of Batangas and could make landfall near the town of Laiya according to PAGASA. While Signal #3 warnings have been lowered by the agency, Signal #2 is still in effect in many areas, including Metro Manila. Bands of heavy rains and strong winds will continue to batter the region throughout the evening hours and possibly into tomorrow morning.

A report from the Philippine Red Cross indicated that at least 21 people have already been killed due to Hagupit. However, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council has not confirmed that figure as of yet. We’ll continue to verify these reports and update accordingly.

Watch WxCaster PAT’s latest Video Update below for more info:

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Typhoon Hagupit (Bagyong Ruby) moves near Southern Luzon | Morning Update

Typhoon Hagupit (Bagyong Ruby) is now moving near the province of Quezon and the island of Marinduque. Hagupit is now barely a typhoon as it continues to weaken. However, Hagupit is still very much a strong and dangerous cyclone and should not be underestimated. Sustained winds near the center are still at 120kph with gusts that may reach up to 175kph according to the latest JMA Warning. Heavy rains continue to pound the region as well.

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PAGASA has placed the National Capital Region (Metro Manila) under Public Storm Warning Signal #2 today and the National Government has suspended classes in all levels and government offices in the region due to the approaching typhoon. Dozens of flights have been canceled as well and nearly 500 people are stranded in Batangas Port as all sea travel in the region has been suspended. Unfortunately, 2 people have been confirmed dead due to Typhoon Hagupit; both in the island of Iloilo. Dangerously stormy conditions will persist across Southern Luzon and nearby provinces throughout the day today.

Watch WxCaster PAT’s latest Video Update below for in-depth analysis and forecasts regarding Typhoon Hagupit

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We’ll continue to have updates so please keep it right here at Western Pacific Weather. Stay safe!