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Pagasa cautions vs downpours, floods

By LITO RULONA
Correspondent

THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) yesterday cautioned about the possibility of more thunderstorms and scattered rains in the coming days because of a weather system affecting Mindanao.

Although the outer rainbands of severe tropical storm “Quedan” was forecast to bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over the eastern section of Luzon only, an inter-tropical convergence zone was seen to bring strong winds, lightning and scattered light to moderate with occasionally heavy rains here, said Luz Mercado, a Pagasa weather specialist based in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental.

Over ANC News Channel yesterday, a Pagasa official told a news briefing that the rains have already “saturated” Mindanao, making it prone to floodings.

But Mercado said northern Mindanao can still absorb 30 minutes to more than an hour of continuous rains.

Mercado said the Pagasa station in El Salvador recorded a rainfall of 97.2 millimeters here on Tuesday. A rainfall of over 100 millimeters would result in urban floodings, she said.

“In the next few days, there will be thunderstorms but will focus more in Bukidnon,”  Mercado said.

Floodwaters resulting from heavy downpours in Bukidnon always find its way into Cagayan de Oro and even in Misamis Oriental.

“Mas maayo na lamang dinhi sa ato kay dili kaayo gaporma ang cumulonimbus clouds nga maoy ma-consider as rain bearers,” Mercado said.

Still, Mercado said, local governments and citizens should not lay their guards down because possible heavy rains may cause floodings and landslides in the region.

In a thunderstorm advisory yesterday morning, Pagasa forecast thunderstorms to affect eastern seaboards of Mindanao, portions of Butuan Bay, Lanuza Bay, Misamis Oriental, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Bukidnon, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Davao Oriental.

Pagasa advised local government riskeduction management units to take precautionary measures against heavy rains, strong winds, lightning and possible flashfloods.

Mercado said they would closely monitor Mindanao that is expected to have cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms in the next few days.

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Lito Rulona is a veteran newspaperman and broadcaster who covered many of the biggest stories in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental and Northern Mindanao since the early 90s.

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