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PIA Press Release
2009/06/25

PAG-ASA corrects tornado view in Can-avid town

By Alice Nicart

Borongan (25 June) -- Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration(PAG-ASA) explained today that the strong wind which rendered several families homeless in Can-avid town was not a Tornado as believed by many.

Mr. Nestor Nemis, PAG-ASA Weather Specialist who was in town timely when tropical storm Feria hit Eastern Samar province in the afternoon of June 23 said that the strong wind, he observed, occupied a wide area which he said approximately covered several areas of Taft and Can-avid towns. He said he was driving through the province's highways when the storm fell on land in that afternoon.

On the other hand the Weather Specialist explained that a Tornado does not cover a wide area, instead it usually emanates from the sea and forms a water spout towards the grounds; it does not usually bring in heavy rains. He believes instead, that the wind which damaged about 20 houses in Can-avid was the effect of "Feria's" fury.

He added that the tropical storm which traversed the province with a 22 KPH speed, likewise brought in 43mm of rain for six hours which almost overfilled the new "Palay" plantations but truly disturbed the classes of school children. (PIA-Eastern Samar) [top]

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