Typhoon Kammuri is Coming; PAGASA Warns


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The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned that starting possibly on Saturday, November 30, 2019, a potentially strong typhoon named Kammuri would enter Luzon and will stay for a couple of days, potentially bringing heavy rains and thunderstorms. The said typhoon is the 20th tropical cyclone of the country for 2019 and is already moving towards west in Visayas region and currently in a speed of 120 to 150 kilometers per hour.    

Photo: SevereWeather| Kammuri upgraded typhoon rapid intensification soon Philippines mk

PAGASA announced that Signal no. 1 might be declared over Bicol and other parts of Eastern Visayas in Sunday, December 1, up to December 2 and sea travel might be affected especially if the typhoon will remain or increase its pace. On the same day, still there will be scattered rainfalls along with thunderstorms, from moderate to heavy. On Tuesday, December 3, PAGASA also said that typhoon Kammuri might possibly fall in the Southern part of Luzon, from Bicol to Aurora. In addition, PAGASA estimated that on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, possibly the situation might be somewhat critical but everybody was advice to remain calm and just be ready by securing all the necessary materials. 

Photo: Weatherph.org/tropical_cyclone/2019-29w-01

Because of this there will be possible continuous heavy rains in areas such as Bicol, Calabarzon, Manila, Romblon, Marinduque, Central Luzon, Samar Island, and Occidental and Oriental Mindoro. As of now the duration and the extent of the rain heavily depends on the speed of the typhoon. The more it stays in the area, the longer the duration of the rain will be. This is the reason why the public, especially in areas such as Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Bicol, and Cagayan Valley, must be prepared and must be vigilant in having possible floodings, especially in areas that are lower and still having bad drainages and canal systems as frequent rains might possibly be experienced during these days. In some parts of these places, PAGASA also warned that landslides might occur in the mountainous areas. 

Among the important facilities that might be affected are the power and the communication lines especially of these places. This is why PAGASA suggests that firms and companies must start checking their facilities and equipment now and make sure everything can survive as strong winds might possibly cause serious damages that could negatively impact their business operation. On the other side, this also means a good solution as Angat Dam ‘s water level might also increase by 9 meters. Just recently, citizens fear over water shortage in places such as Rizal, Cavite, and Manila because of Angat Dam’s low water level. Because of this, many people hoped and prayed for rain. 

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