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Natural Disaster Alert; Weather and other natural calamities
Topic Started: Sep 26 2009, 10:08 PM (22,398 Views)
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WEATHER SATELLITE FEED:

http://www.ghcc.msfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/post-goes

The calmness maybe temporary since NCR is currently at the center of the storm (eye of the storm).

The strong winds and heavy downpour may resume by tomorrow morning.

If the flooding in your area has not subsided to the same level as how it was this morning (7am or earlier), then the worst may not be over yet.

If you cant go to the link, try this and simply click in the area within the map where the Philippines is located to spawn the image;

http://www.ghcc.msfc.nasa.gov/GOES/globalir.html

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Eye of the Storm

The eye is a region of mostly calm weather found at the center of strong tropical cyclones. The eye of a storm is a roughly circular area and typically 30–65 km (20–40 miles) in diameter. It is surrounded by the eyewall, a ring of towering thunderstorms where the most severe weather of a cyclone occurs. The cyclone's lowest barometric pressure occurs in the eye, and can be as much as 15% lower than the atmospheric pressure outside the storm.[1]

In strong tropical cyclones, the eye is characterized by light winds and clear skies, surrounded on all sides by a towering, symmetric eyewall. In weaker tropical cyclones, the eye is less well-defined, and can be covered by the central dense overcast, which is an area of high, thick clouds which show up brightly on satellite imagery. Weaker or disorganized storms may also feature an eyewall which does not completely encircle the eye, or have an eye which features heavy rain. In all storms, however, the eye is the location of the storm's minimum barometric pressure: the area where the atmospheric pressure at sea level is the lowest.

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Hazards

Though the eye is by far the calmest part of the storm, with no wind at the center and typically clear skies, over the ocean it is possibly the most hazardous area. In the eyewall, wind-driven waves are all traveling in the same direction. In the center of the eye, however, waves from all directions converge, creating erratic crests which can build on each other, creating rogue waves. The maximum height of hurricane waves is unknown, but measurements of Hurricane Ivan, when it was a category four hurricane, estimated that waves near the eyewall were in excess of 40 meters (130 ft) from peak to trough.

A common mistake, especially in areas where hurricanes are uncommon, is for residents to wander outside to inspect the damage while the eye passes over, thinking the storm is over. They are then caught completely by surprise by the violent winds in the opposite eyewall. The National Weather Service strongly discourages leaving shelter while the eye passes over.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_(cyclone)
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Ipo, Magat, Anggat dams released water at around 8PM

http://www.gmanews.tv/largevideo/latest/48...o-release-water

The release will increase the flooding in the affected areas but it is better to do it now than spill the volume by tomorrow since the heavy downpour is expected to resume by tomorrow morning when the "eye wall" of the storm touches Manila again.
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Good thing though, as per PAG-ASA, the volume of rain is expected to decrease despite the strong winds in the eye wall.

Please watch this video.

http://www.gmanews.tv/video/48269/storm-on...-nathaniel-cruz

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As per PAG-ASA, the areas in red show the heavy volume of rain. The edges in green to blue/violet have less rain.

But since it is where the winds are strongest, it is better to stay home (assuming it's the safer place) and remain alert and careful.
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PAG-ASA Update: "BETTER CONDITION AHEAD But Be Watchful for Landslides"

Update on Ondoy: Pagasa Spokesperson Nathaniel Cruz
09/27/2009 | 12:54 AM

http://www.gmanews.tv/video/48307/update-o...-nathaniel-cruz


Also;

Wrath of Ondoy: Update on the situation in Markina City
09/26/2009 | 11:35 PM

http://www.gmanews.tv/video/48303/wrath-of...in-markina-city

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Philippine mudslides, floods kill estimated 100
8 mins ago

MANILA, Philippines – A disaster-relief official says dozens of landslides in the rain-soaked mountains of the northern Philippines have killed an estimated 100 people.

Olive Luces, civil defense director for the Cordillera mountain region, says four major mudslides struck late Thursday, burying almost an entire village in La Trinidad town in Benguet province.

Fresh flooding also hit about 30 towns in Pangasinan province, sending residents fleeing to rooftops and scrambling for safety after dams released excess water from recent heavy rains.

The Philippines has been hit by two major storms in the past two weeks. Floods and landslides have already left some 300 others dead.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Fresh flooding hit about 30 towns in the northern Philippines on Friday, sending residents fleeing to rooftops and scrambling for safety after dams released excess water from recent heavy rains, officials said.

Pangasinan provincial Vice Gov. Marlyn Premicias said she was getting frantic text messages from residents asking to be rescued, adding: "Eastern Pangasinan has become one big river."

Rains and water discharged late Thursday night from a dam in Pangasinan inundated 30 out of 46 towns along the Agno River in the coastal province, said Boots Velasco, the province's information officer.

"There was really heavy rain, so water had to be released from the dam, otherwise it would have been more dangerous," said the government's chief forecaster Nathaniel Cruz. "Even our office was flooded and our staff had to move to the rooftop. It's near the river that they were monitoring."

Heavy army trucks could not penetrate the area and Premicias appealed for helicopters and boats to move people out of danger.

Forecasters said Tropical Depression Parma was still lingering off the northeastern coast, dumping rains overnight. It was the second major storm to hit the country in two weeks. Storms and flooding have killed more than 300 people since Sept. 26, including at least seven buried in a landslide in mountainous Benguet province Thursday, said Olive Luces, regional chief of the Office of Civil Defense.

Mayor Nonato Abrenica of the Pangasinan's Villasis township said rain and water released from a nearby dam caused floods to rise quickly, isolating his town. He asked for food, water and medicines to be airlifted and for boats to rescue stranded residents.

An anchorman of DZBB radio said text messages received by the station included an appeal from a hospital staffer in Villasis who described that patients had to be moved to the second floor to escape the floods. The message said there was no power and food in the hospital.

The government's disaster relief agency said it had requested the U.S. Embassy to redeploy hundreds of American troops from the massive cleanup in and around the capital, Manila, to the flood-hit areas in the north.

Two U.S. Navy ships were positioning in the Lingayen Gulf in Pangasinan to provide helicopters and rubber boats for the rescue mission in the province, said U.S. Marine Capt. Jorge Escatell.

In Japan, meanwhile, a powerful typhoon tore through the main island Thursday, peeling roofs off houses, cutting electricity to hundreds of thousands and forcing flight cancellations before turning back toward the sea. Four people died.

During morning rush hour, more than 2 million commuters in Tokyo were stranded for hours as train services on several lines were suspended, while in other regions trucks were toppled on highways and bridges were destroyed by flash floods.

By evening, Typhoon Melor was downgraded to a tropical storm as it lost power over northern Japan. It was due to veer off the northeastern coast Thursday evening.

Nearly 100 people were injured and more than 11,000 people were evacuated to shelters, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

News broadcasts showed the damage left by the storm as it moved northeast across the country — partially submerged cars, large shipping containers scattered by the wind, and damaged buildings with ceilings and walls torn away. Footage also showed huge waves crashing over storm barriers onto coastal roads. ___

Associated Press writers Hrvoje Hranjski in Manila and Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo contributed to this report.

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Most hazardous areas in Cebu identified
By PHOEBE JEN INDINO
June 2, 2010, 5:06pm

CEBU CITY — With the completion of the rapid geo-hazard assessment for the province of Cebu, the Region 7 office of the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB) 7 has identified six municipalities and three cities in the province that are highly hazardous in terms of geologic features.

MGB 7 Regional Director Loreto B. Alburo bared that areas considered to be most hazardous are the towns of Balamban, Pinamungahan, Dumanjog, Ronda, Asturias and Catmon and the cities of Toledo, Talisay and Cebu cities.

Loreto explained that geo-hazard mapping identifies various geologic features and hazards associated with geologic features. It also determines possible settlement sites, properties and infrastructure to be affected.

“The geo-hazard maps and reports which contain information on the vulnerability of certain areas to various types of geologic and natural hazards will be provided to all concerned local government units, as this shall serve as early warning for them” said Alburo.

Further, the MGB7 official disclosed that examples of geological phenomena that can produce geo-hazards are floods, flash floods and landslides which may be rain-induced and earthquake related.

He also cited that geo-hazard maps provide information on potential areas of landslides, liquefaction, subsidence and other ground instabilities in the country as they identify not only areas prone to floods, landslides and other natural calamities but also areas for relocation.

“The rapid field assessment will cover barangays, whether these are located near the shoreline, on foot slopes, mid slopes and/or mountain ridges,” said Alburo.

Meanwhile, the results of the MGB7 rapid field assessment with high landslide susceptibility pinpoint 19 barangays in this city. These barangays are Lusaran, Binaliw, Guba, Budlaan, Malubog, Buot-Taup, Busay, Sirao, Taptap, Tagbao, Tabunan, Pung-ol Sibugay, Sudlon II, Sudlon I, Sinsin, Buhisan, Pamutan, Sapangdaku, and Adlaon.

In the municipality of Balamban, 11 barangays were also identified with high landslide susceptibility. These are Hingatmonan, Lamesa, Luca, Ginatilan, Cabasiangan, Matun-og, Cansomoroy, Gaas, Magsaysay, Cabagdalan, and Duangan.

Moreover, MGB7 said likewise highly landslide-susceptible are five barangays in Toledo City, one in Talisay City, five in Asturias, 12 in Catmon, and one each in the towns of Pinamungajan, Ronda and Dumanjug.

http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/260285/most-...cebu-identified
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6,000 Taal villagers told to move out

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First Posted 21:38:00 06/09/2010

Filed Under: Volcanic activity, Safety of Citizens
BATANGAS CITY, Philippines—At least 6,000 residents in four towns were asked by the Batangas Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) to voluntarily leave their homes as Taal Volcano continues to show signs of acting up.

But as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, no evacuation was being conducted for residents living near Taal Volcano.

Batangas Vice Gov. Marc Leviste, acting governor and PDCC chair, said evacuations would start only upon approval of village chiefs and local government executives.

Earlier on Wednesday, provincial administrator Vic Reyes advised 6,000 residents in the towns of Talisay, San Nicolas, Agoncillo and Laurel, which surround the volcano island, to evacuate voluntarily.

Reyes said the towns of Balete, Mataas na Kahoy, Cuenca, Sta. Teresita, Alitagtag, Tanauan, Lipa and Lemery should also be alerted.


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‘Basyang’ now a storm, 7 areas under Signal No. 1

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Tropical cyclone "Basyang" (international code name Conson) intensified further into a tropical storm on Monday afternoon and continued to move toward Northern Luzon, prompting state weather forecasters to place seven areas in Luzon under Storm Signal No. 1.

In its 5 p.m. advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said "Basyang" may make landfall over Isabela and Northern Aurora Tuesday evening.

"Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Quezon including Polillo Island, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes will experience rains and gusty winds," it said.

"The rest of Luzon and Visayas will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening," it added.

Placed under Storm Signal No. 1 were Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Quezon, Polillo Island, Camarines Norte, and Catanduanes.

As of 4 p.m., "Basyang" was estimated at 440 km east-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes, with maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

It was moving west-northwest at 22 kph and is expected to be 200 km north of Virac, Catanduanes Tuesday afternoon.

By Tuesday evening it is expected to make landfall over Isabela-Northern Aurora. By Wednesday afternoon it is expected to be over Sinait, Ilocos Sur.

On Thursday afternoon it is forecast to be 300 kms northwest of Laoag City.

"Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under signal # 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides," Pagasa said.


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Direction and speed of movement W 20km/h(10kt)
Central pressure 992hPa
Maximum wind speed near the center 20m/s(40kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 30m/s(60kt)
Area of 30kt winds or more Wide 330km(180NM)
<Forecast for 13/09 UTC>
Intensity -
Center position of probability circle N15°55'(15.9°)
E124°25'(124.4°)
Direction and speed of movement WNW 15km/h(9kt)
Central pressure 980hPa
Maximum wind speed near the center 30m/s(55kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 40m/s(80kt)
Radius of probability circle 140km(75NM)
Storm warning area Wide 200km(110NM)
<Forecast for 14/06 UTC>
Intensity -
Center position of probability circle N17°05'(17.1°)
E121°50'(121.8°)
Direction and speed of movement WNW 15km/h(9kt)
Central pressure 975hPa
Maximum wind speed near the center 30m/s(60kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 45m/s(85kt)
Radius of probability circle 200km(110NM)
Storm warning area Wide 280km(150NM)
<Forecast for 15/06 UTC>
Intensity -
Center position of probability circle N18°30'(18.5°)
E117°35'(117.6°)
Direction and speed of movement WNW 20km/h(10kt)
Central pressure 975hPa
Maximum wind speed near the center 30m/s(60kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 45m/s(85kt)
Radius of probability circle 300km(160NM)
Storm warning area Wide 370km(200NM)
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‘Basyang’ now a typhoon, signal no. 3 over 5 areas

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Signal no. 1 over Metro Manila, 19 other provinces

By Katherine Evangelista, Alcuin Papa
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First Posted 08:26:00 07/13/2010

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MANILA, Philippines— (UPDATE 2) Tropical storm “Basyang” (international name: Conson) has intensified into a typhoon and signal number 3 has been raised over five provinces, the state weather bureau said Tuesday.

The Department of Education suspended classes in Metro Manila and other affected areas shortly before noon.

Chief state weather forecaster Prisco Nilo said “Basyang” would likely hit land Tuesday night or early Wednesday. It is expected to make landfall over the Aurora-Northern Quezon area, according to the state-run Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

"Areas that are in the direct path will experience heavy rains, even areas to the south of the typhoon will have strong rain," Nilo told reporters.
"It is possible that there will also be landslides or flooding."

Packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour near the center and gusting at up to 150 kilometers per hour, “Basyang,” the first to hit the country this year, was bearing down on Catanduanes island on the country's eastern seaboard.

It was expected to cut west after that, dumping up to 20 millimeters (0.8 inches) of rain an hour on Luzon before exiting into the South China Sea on Wednesday, Nilo said.

"That is a heavy rain," he said.

In its weather bulletin issued at 11 a.m., Pagasa raised signal number three over Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Northern Quezon, Polillo Island, and Aurora while signal number two remains over the provinces of Camarines Sur, Southern Quezon, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Isabela.

Likewise, signal number 1 has been raised over Metro Manila, Albay, Marinduque, Batangas, Cavite, Bataan, Pampanga¸ Zambales¸ Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Benguet, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra, Cagayan, Ifugao, and Abra.

The weather bureau said that as of 10 a.m. Basyang was seen 90 kilometers north of Virac, Catanduanes, packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 150 kph.

The typhoon is forecast to move westward at 22 kph headed towards the Aurora-Northern Quezon area, it said.


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