TS Ondoy-like cyclones expected due to El Niño – PAGASA
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Tropical cyclones with an impact similar to that of 2009’s Tropical Storm Ondoy may be expected this rainy season due to the effects of the El Niño phenomenon, a PAGASA meteorologist said on Tuesday.
In a report by Mariz Umali in GMA’s 24 Oras, the state weather bureau said that sweltering temperatures over the Pacific made the generation of Ondoy-like storms possible.
“Napakainit ng Pasipiko, malakas ang evaporation, malakas ang condensation at maraming kaulapan ang nagagawa nitong El Niño so nagiging mas malalakas ang mga bagyo,” explained Dr. Landrico Dalida Jr., PAGASA Deputy Administrator for Operations and Services.
“Kung sakaling ito ay tumama sa Pilipinas ay magiging devastating katulad ng nangyari nga sa sinabi nating Ondoy na kung saan meron din tayong El Niño noon.”
Meteorologists projected that the El Niño phenomenon would likely prevail until August.
A six-hour long downpour due to Tropical Storm Ondoy caused heavy flooding in Metro Manila in 2009. The volume of rain in those six hours was equivalent to a month’s amount of rainfall, according to PAGASA.
Aside from Metro Manila, 23 provinces were placed under a state of calamity due to the damage caused by Ondoy’s onslaught.
Authorities thus advised the public to take necessary precautions and to heed advisories during times of disaster. — Dona Magsino/DVM, GMA News