Pagasa-Mactan: 2 to 3 cyclones expected in September

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TWO to three tropical cyclones are expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) in September, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa)-Mactan.

Engineer Alfredo Quiblat of Pagasa-Mactan told SunStar Cebu that these tropical cyclones will not make a landfall in Cebu but may possibly hit Samar and Luzon area.

He said Pagasa is yet to classify the tropical cyclone according to its categories: tropical depression, tropical storm, severe tropical storm, typhoon and super typhoon.

But Quiblat said it is also possible that the country will not experience any storm this month.

"Ang atong gibasehan ana ang current data nga nakuha nato for the past three months, ug historical. Nag-record man ta og mga bagyo sa niaging 30 ka tuig ug ato mana siyang matan-aw og unsay average per month so ang nilabas, two to three for this month, October, November tag two to three nga bagyo nga posible mosud," Quiblat said.

Meanwhile, Cebu Island is expected to experience intermittent rains, as the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is the dominant system now and is affecting the Visayas, while localized thunderstorm is scattered within the ITCZ.

Quiblat said thunderstorms usually occur from July to September due to the southwest monsoon or habagat, with warm and moist air that will produce thunderstorm clouds.

He said they usually issue thunderstorm advisories by presenting the worst possible impact, since their radar cannot determine the exact effects of the thunderstorm to the affected areas.

"Di ni siya magdugay. One to two hours, pero naay higayon nga mada ni og kusog nga uwan ug kalit-kalit pud nga hangin. Amo na nang i-assume daan to the worst scenario nga posibleng dunay pagbaha ug dahili sa yuta," Quiblat said.

He advised the public to be vigilant, since thunderstorms can bring heavy rains, strong winds, and lightning strikes. (MVE)

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