Sunday, July 29th 2012, 12:04 PM EDT
Yesterday we reported that Tropical Storm Saola could "power up" any time soon as the next "Red Warning" period was at R5 and due to start around the 29th July........as you can see the storm is forecast at cat 1 bang on cue........and worst......its coinciding with the monsoon period......more to follow.
Batanes now under Signal No. 2 as ‘Gener’ intensifies - gmanetwork.com
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) placed the Batanes group of islands and three other areas under Storm Signal No. 2 on Sunday afternoon as tropical storm Gener (international name Saola) further gained strength.
The state weather bureau said in its 5 p.m. update on Sunday that Gener “poses intense danger to extreme northern Luzon,” packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 120 kph.
The tropical cyclone was last spotted 380 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan and is slowly moving north-northwest at 15 kph, PAGASA said.
Gener is not expected to make landfall in the Philippines, and is projected to be outside the country’s territory by Wednesday afternoon.
Other areas under Signal No. 2 are Cagayan, the Calayan group of islands and the Babuyan group of islands.
Signal No. 1 remains hoisted over the provinces of Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao.
The storm is also expected to bring rains over central and southern Luzon, western Visayas and northern Mindanao.
The weather bureau also warned the public against possible flashfloods and landslides, especially in low-lying and mountainous areas. - BM, GMA News
Manila on alert as Saola approaches - by Gilbert P. Felongco - gulfnews.com
Emergency services in various parts of the country went on full alert Sunday as tropical storm Saola (local codename Gener) moved further north while affecting a separate weather system that has been bringing monsoon rains.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management council (NDRRMC) emergency units of the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines as well as the Red Cross and volunteer groups were placed on its highest state of preparedness to cope with the effects of Saola and a low pressure area west of the capital region.
Saola, which is moving in a westward direction north of the Philippines caused heavy rains as the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) declared public storm signal No. 2 over the province of Cagayan, the Calayan Group and the Babuyan Group of Islands. Signal No. 1 had been declared in the provinces of Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao and Batanes Goup of Islands winds of up to 100 kph expected within the area.
Although the storm is located at the fringes of Northern Philippines, its presence has enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing rains to Southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao, especially the western section of the country.
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Storm warnings raised amid monsoon rains - bworldonline.com
STORM WARNINGS have been raised for Region 2 as tropical storm “Gener” (international name: Saola) moves slowly towards Taiwan, the weather bureau reported yesterday morning.
Storm signal no. 2 has been posted in Cagayan including the Calayan, Babuyan and Batanes Group of Islands, as winds with a speed of 61-100 kilometers per hour (kph) is slated to sweep the province.
Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao, on the other hand, were warned of storm signal no. 1, packed with winds moving at 30-60 kph.
Other parts of the country will also experience weather disturbance even if the storm, which moves at 15 kph, will not make a landfall.
“Tropical storm Gener will enhance the southwest monsoon and bring rains over Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, particularly over the provinces of Negros, Panay island, Mindoro, Batangas, Cavite, Bataan, Zambales and the National Capital Region [today],” said Robert S. Sawi, officer-in-charge of the weather division of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Flash floods and landslides are also possible, he added.
The storm -- with maximum sustained winds at 95 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph -- was sighted at 380 kilometers (km.) east of Aparri, Cagayan yesterday afternoon.
It is expected to be at 260 km. east northeast of Aparri, Cagayan today, the weather bulletin issued yesterday morning showed.
In Tacloban City, at least 100 families have been displaced after flash floods caused by heavy rains which have fallen since Thursday submerged eight barangays in the capital town of Naval in Biliran province.
Naval Vice-Mayor Redentor C. Villordon said affected barangays were Antipolo, Agpangi, Sabang, Caraycaray, San Pablo, Calumpang, Catmon and Larazzabal.
“Small landslides were also reported in Barangay San Pablo but the area was immediately cleared by personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways,” Mr. Villordon said.
He added the heavy rains have caused two rivers in Anas and Caraycaray to swell and resulted to flooding in the low lying barangays of Naval
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