June through November is the usually cited period for Typhoon Season here in the Philippines. PAGASA or the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, gave the name 'Amang' to the first Tropical Depression that formed in 2011. With memories of MEGI, ONDOY & KETSANA fresh in our minds, the remaining storm names, listed below will surely play a role in our lives or those of family members this year. Here is a list of those names:
Amang (02W) - GONE :)
Bebeng (TROPICAL STORM AERE 03W) **GONE**
Update 5/7/2011: Bebeng "unlikely to hit NCR" GMA NEWS.
Advisory #7 Tropical Storm AERE (BEBENG) has begun to accelerate Northward away from the Caramoan Peninsula & Catanduanes Island...Widespread heavy rains continuing across the Bicol Peninsula. The T2K Automated Weather Station in Naga City confirms rising barometric pressure reading of 1000.6 millibars (hPa) with a 12-hour rainfall observation of 205.0 mm.
TS SONGDA is Pre-CHEDENG.
22May: Advisory #5 (Newly-named SONGDA (Pre-CHEDENG) has regained Tropical Storm status...continues to move slowly WNW away from Yap & Western Micronesia...expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) later this evening.)
Advisory #6: Residents and visitors along the Eastern Coast of Luzon & Visayas should closely monitor the progress of SONGDA (Pre-CHEDENG).
Here is a link to projected storm tracks for SONGDA. Always stay current and prepare for the unexpected.
As you can see here, other tracks show the storm not tracking as far North: Weather Underground Projected Tracks.
6 A.M. 23 May from Typhoon 2000: Tropical Storm SONGDA (CHEDENG) has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and is likely to reach Typhoon status later today.
11 p.m, 23 May: Severe Weather Bulletin #3 from PAGASA Maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph.
24 May 5 A.M. Severe Weather Bulletin Number FOUR Tropical Cyclone Warning: Tropical Storm "CHEDENG" (SONGDA)
Tropical Storm "CHEDENG" has intensified as it moved westward. "Maximum sustained winds of 105 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph."
Severe Weather Bulletin Number FIVE Tropical Cyclone Warning: Tropical Storm "CHEDENG" (SONGDA)
Issued at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Tropical Storm "CHEDENG" has slowed down as it moves in a West Northwest direction
Areas Having Public Storm Warning Signal PSWS or Signal No. 1
(30-60 kph winds) at this bulletin tiime are Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay & Sorsogon in Luzon;
Samar Provinces in Visayas, and None in Mindanao.
Severe Weather Bulletin Number SIX Tropical Cyclone Warning: Tropical Storm "CHEDENG" (SONGDA)
Issued at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, 24 May 2011 Summary: Maximum sustained winds of 115 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 145 kph which translates to: Tropical Storm "CHEDENG" has slightly intensified as it continues to move in a West Northwest direction.
Severe Weather Bulletin Number EIGHT: May 25, 5 a.m.
Maximum sustained winds of 115 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 145 kph
Areas Having Public Storm Warning Signal
Signal No. 2
(60-100 kph winds)
Camarines Norte Samar Provinces None
Signal No. 1
(45-60 kph winds)
Severe Weather Bulletin Number TEN Tropical Cyclone Warning: Typhoon "CHEDENG" (SONGDA)
Issued at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph
Aurora added to Signal One. http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/wb/track.g
PAGASA has issued Severe Weather Bulletin No. 16. Tracking continues to follow projections. Tropical Cyclone Warning: Typhoon "CHEDENG" (SONGDA) was Issued at 5:00 a.m., Friday, 27 May 2011. Typhoon "CHEDENG" has gained more strength as it moves North Northwestward.
The following is a reposting of one article that I shared last year that has some useful references and links for you to consider. Prayers are helpful, but preparation and planning are the keys to avoiding becoming a statistic during adverse weather situations that are so dynamic and powerful! Prior news report with tips attached follows ...
Typhoon MEGI-JUAN: Get Your Storm Updates from PAGASA & Michael Here
Since hearing about the potential of a Super Typhoon forming, I shared a report with the Allvoices Community here for your weather updates.
I have had a 'gagdet' on that page for sometime that picks up the latest typhoon activity and displays the projected storm tracks.
There is information there from PAGASA or the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration site there to include direct links for updates.
I have also included a direct link to Michael Padua's site which comes with timely updates and comes highly recommended since you can get updates directly to your phone.
Take the necessary preparations and by doing so, you may be able to help in any situations faced while avoiding unecessary risks.
Note: PAGASA also includes hourly updates via Twitter.
Here is a projected timeline for landfall from Michael's latest advisory:
"Projected Landfall Area (Time): South of Escarpada Point, Northern Cagayan or along the southern part of Cagayan Mountains...about 70 km ENE of Tuguegarao City by Monday afternoon (approx between 2-3 PM)."
Take care of yourself so you can take care of someone else and live to tell about it!
Feel free to contribute to the manilatop10 weather page here and send a note of thanks to Michael for his valuable offerings!
Here is the email message sent out by the U.S. Embassy in Manila. Note: You can follow their news via Twitter or Facebook.It has some valuable links that are applicable to anyone in the Philippines or considering travel here.
"This warden message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens in the Philippines that the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has issued alerts for a typhoon/tropical cyclone system with the international name of Megi and the Philippine name of Juan. At 15:00 on October 15 this storm is located 1,300 kilometers east of southern Luzon and it is currently moving towards the northwest at 12 miles per hour with sustained winds of 65 mph. "
PAGASA reports that Typhoon Megi is expected to reach the Philippines area of responsibility on Saturday, October 16. If the storm stays on the predicted track, it will make landfall in the Northern Luzon area on Monday, October 18. Typhoon Megi is forecasted to bring strong winds. For further details, see the PAGASA Tropical Cyclone Warning http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph
All U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to monitor the tropical storm’s track via local media reports, or by monitoring http://metocph.nmci.navy.mil, www.typhoon2000.ph, orwww.pagasa.dost.gov.ph. Tropical storms/typhoons are unpredictable and can change their course and intensity. The level of intensity represents only wind strength, not amount of rainfall. Accurate predictions of rainfall for a given storm are difficult to make. U.S. citizens should stay informed of weather developments and follow the advice of local authorities.
Considering the damage caused by past typhoons and the projected landfall of this typhoon in Northern Luzon, please take the following precautionary measures to ensure minimal disruption or damage. You should also contact friends and family in the United States with updates on your whereabouts.
- Locate shelter and follow all official instructions.
- If local authorities recommend evacuation, please follow their instructions.
- Carry your travel documents at all times (i.e. U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure them in a safe, waterproof location.
- secure loose outdoor items (limbs, roofing material, windows (coverings), doors, debris (trash), etc.).
- fill vehicle, generator fuel, and water tanks.
- check and charge radios.
- charge cell phones.
- have bottled water; make ice.
- gather flashlights, tools, and first aid supplies.
- have fresh batteries, candles, matches, water, groceries (canned and/or dry foods), and pet supplies.
- assure an adequate supply of first aid materials and prescription medications.
- stay home and let your family and office know how you plan to weather the storm, especially those family members in the United States.
In general, use prudent judgment to plan ahead for any surprises or hardships. Additional information is available at www.ready.gov, www.americanredcross.org, www.red cross.org.ph or www.ndcc.gov.ph for Emergency Preparedness Planning. Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness may be found on our “Hurricane/Typhoon Season” webpage and on the “Natural Disasters” page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs website. Updated information on travel inPhilippines may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Ermita, Manila; telephone (02) 301-2000 extensions 2246 or 2567; after hours emergency telephone (02) 301-2000; ACS unit fax (02) 301-2017; firstname.lastname@example.org. Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s websitehttp://manila.usembassy.gov/ for any updated information.
If the Embassy’s public phone number, 301-2000, is not operational, U.S. citizens who require emergency assistance may contact the American Citizens Services Unit throughhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Manila-Phi
It is possible that the Embassy may close due to bad weather. If a typhoon occurs, visa applicants with appointments should verify that the Embassy is open for business before coming to the Embassy. If the Embassy is closed, we will contact visa applicants directly to reschedule their appointments. Applicants may also contact the Embassy's Visa Call Center at 1-909-101-7878 to reschedule a visa interview date. The Call Center number is for subscribers of PLDT and Smart telephone touchtone landlines with national and international distance dialing features (NDD or IDD access). Callers in the United States may contact the Call Center at 1-888-877-9888. The Call Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Manila time). The call center charges callers a feel for using its services. Details are also available at https://philippines.us-visaservices.com/
In the event of an Embassy closure, Veterans’ Affairs personnel will call those people with appointments at the Veterans Clinic or Veterans Affairs Regional Office to reschedule their appointments. Contact information for Veterans Affairs is as follows: Clinic: 011-63-2-833-4566 to 69, toll free number outside of Manila: 180018888782. Regional Office: 011-63-2-528-2500, toll free number outside of Manila: 180018885252.
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