Undeniably, the Philippines is experiencing the wrath of Mother Nature this 2020. Super typhoons keep on hitting us and our neighboring countries. It began with Typhoon Quinta then Typhoon Rolly passed by just a week ago. Then now we’re facing the strong winds and heavy downpour from Typhoon Ulysses. How we wish this will be the last of it.
A series of tropical storms
However, PAGASA reported yesterday that we have to prepare more for disasters. It is possible that four more storms could enter the Philippine area of responsibility before this year ends. Severe tropical storm Ulysses brought the weather disturbance we are experiencing. The agency last spotted it 80 km northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 415 km east of Infanta, Quezon at 4AM, Wednesday. As of 6AM today, its eye is already in n the vicinity of San Antonio, Nueva Ecija.
Because of its wind strength and gustiness, PAGASA has raised tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 3 over Metro Manila and other provinces. Aside from that, it mentioned that there is a high risk of storm surge with heights of up to 3 meters over the coastal areas of Quezon including Polillo Islands, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, and the northern and eastern coastal areas of Camarines Sur, and up to 2.0 m over the coastal areas of Aurora, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, northern portions of Mindoro Provinces including Lubang Island, Marinduque, Romblon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Albay, and Sorsogon, and the remaining coastal areas of Camarines Sur.
“These storm surges, which may be accompanied by swells and/or breaking waves near the coast, can cause life-threatening and damaging coastal inundation. Moreover, there is also a moderate risk of seiche or storm surge over the coastal areas surrounding Laguna de Bay,” PAGASA warned.
Let’s stay safe and dry. Also, we have to remain vigilant and prepared until these storms end.
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Queenie Lasta got her bachelor's degree in Communications Research from UP Diliman. In her free time, she likes to read thriller novels, psychology books, and mangas. She believes in the importance of grit, hard work, and passion to become a great writer in the future.