More tropical storms expected to enter RP - Pagasa
By Rachelle M. Nessia
Dumaguete City (1 October) -- PAGASA is expecting more tropical cyclones to enter the country for the last quarter of this year.
Provincial Meteorological Chief Edsin Culi of PAGASA said that around eight more weather disturbances are seen to hit the country from October to December this year.
Culi said that based on PAGASA's rescords, an average of around 20 tropical cyclones occur in the Philippines each year.
Since January to September this year, 15 tropical cyclones have already crossed the country, including the recent tropical storm "Ondoy."
PAGASA records also show that there one to two destructive weather disturbances that hit the country each year. "Ondoy is the first destructive weather disturbance to occur in the country to date," said Culi.
PAGASA has recently warned of another series of landslides and flashfloods as a mightier storm roars in Pacific east and aims for northern Luzon.
"We cannot discount the probabilities (of landlsides and flashfloods) because we expect storms as strong as this to have devastating effects so we urge the public to be alert," Nathaniel Cruz, Pagasa deputy director and weather branch chief, said.
"This is a slightly stronger storm (compared to Ondoy) because it carries strong winds," he added.
The tropical storm "Pepeng" is estimated at 1,450 kilometers east of Norther Mindanao with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph and gustiness of up to 120 kph.
The storm is moving west northwest at 22 kph, said Culi.
The weather disturbance is seen to track west northwest in the general direction of northern Luzon-Taiwan area.
According to PAGASA's Weather Advisory issued 5:00 am today, the eastern section of the country will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming widespread rains over Bicol Region.
The advisory warned that this may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
The rest of Visayas and Mindanao will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Coastal waters throughout the country are expected to be moderate to rough. (PIA/rmn) [top]