30 September 2011

'Ramon" is expected to enter PH on Saturday


Tropical depression “Ramon” is expected to enter the Philippines as typhoon “Quiel” makes a landfall in Cagayan on Saturday, weather bureau PAGASA said.

Speaking to dzMM, PAGASA officer-in-charge and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary Graciano Yumul said Ramon will enter the Philippine area of responsibility by Saturday as Quiel makes a landfall in Cagayan.

Yumul added that Ramon is forecast to have the same direction as Quiel.

“Pagpasok ni Quiel sa Cagayan, siya naman pong pasok ni tropical depression Ramon sa Philippine area of responsibility. At ang initial forecast po ay tatama sa northern Luzon,” he said.

“Same trackline po ang susundan niya (Ramon). Ang pasok niya (Ramon) Sabado na rin ng gabi, habang tumataamsa Quiel sa Cagayan, papasok na si Ramon sa PAR. Kapag susundan po natin, malamang Lunes po maramdaman na natin si Ramon.”

The weather chief warned that the same areas affected by Pedring and will be hit by Quiel will also suffer from Ramon because of the intensified southwest monsoon.

“Ang implikasyon po niyan, si Quiel hihigupin simula bukas po ang habagat. Uulan bukas sa Bulacan, Pangasinan, at National Capital Region (NCR). Paglabas ni Quiel, daratng si Ramon hihigupin ulit niya ang habagat.”

Most parts of Bulacan, Pangasinan and Pampanga are now under water. Local government officials suspect that the flooding was caused by the opening of gates of the dams in their respective areas.

Yumul, however, said the massive flooding may not be fully caused by the opening of these spill gates. He explained that a “surface runoff,” where rain water from the mountains begin to cascade.

“Sa Pangasinan po nagbaha noon, pero hindi pa nagbubukas ang San Roque dam. Eto po yung tinatawag natin sa surface runoff. Yung tubig na nabuo sa kabundukan, ngayon lang bumabagsak sa ilog. Ganoon din po ang nangyari sa Pampanga at Bulacan,” he said.

“Hindi po mai-aatribute ang kabahaan sa pagbubukas ng Angat dam, dahil sa sobrang dami ng ibinagsak ng habagat at ni [typhoon] Pedring ngayon lang po nagbabagasakan ang tubig.”

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