[Blueboard] Tropical Storm FALCON Update

SLB slb at admu.edu.ph
Sat Jun 25 10:53:19 PHT 2011

Tropical Storm FALCON Update 
The information below has been gathered by SLB.

On June 21, 2011, at 11AM, a low pressure area developed into a tropical depression which was given a name "FALCON" (international name "MEARI").  Falcon was initially forecasted to move Northwest at the speed of 19 kph, passing by Catanduanes, Aurora and Batanes. 

For the past three days FALCON was moving steadily Northwest at an average sustained winds of 32.5 kph and gusts 41.7 kph  (JTWC Tropical Cyclone Warning Log) causing prolonged rain and floods in many parts of Luzon.

As of 1500H, June 24, 2010, FALCON is intensifying. It is expected to be 500 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes by Saturday morning.  On Sunday, FALCON, expected to gain more strength, will slowly leave Philippine area of responsibility and will be approximately 370 km West Northwest of Okinawa, Japan. However, the Philippines will continue to experience the impact of southwest monsoon and will bring more rains over Luzon and Visayas until next week.  (For more details visit www.typhoon2000.ph)

FALCON have caused flashfloods in many parts of Metro Manila making these barangays not passable by light vehicles.  The National Disaster Risk Reducation Management Council reports that total of 171,012 individuals are affected by floods and were evacuated in different parts of the country as of noontime of June 24, 2011.

     Flooded Brgys.
     No. of Families
     No. of Individuals
     No. of Evacuation Centers
      Region III

      Centeral Luzon
      Region IV-A

      Region VI


                  Source: http://www.ndcc.gov.ph/attachments/article/232/

  1.. Reported Casualties and Damages caused by FALCON are as follows:
  .    Ten fishermen were reported missing over the rough seas offshore Brgy. San Vicente, Virac, Catanduanes.
  .    One lady was swept away by a raging water in Sitio Buga, Brgy. Basag. Ligao City, Albay.
  .    June 24, 2011; Classes were suspended on all grade school and high schools in Metro Manila and nearby cities.  Several higher education institutions also followed suit, most private establishments and government offices declared half-day work.
  .    Main waterways and rivers in Metro Manila overflowed prompting the residents to evacuate and settle temporarily in schools now being used as evacuation sites.
  .    Several Flights and naval fleets were cancelled due to the stormy weathers and rough seas.
  .    Gates of Ipo, La Mesa, Ambuklao and Binga Dams were opened from half a meter to one meter as water levels reached the spilling levels.
  .    The estimated cost of damages to agriculture and infrastructure in Zambales is
  .    A mild tornado ravaged some parts of Kamuning in Quezon City at noon today, causing minor damage to houses and uprooting trees and electric posts within the area.
Picture below retrieved from the website of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) http://www.weather.gov.ph/images/stories/weather/satpic.jpg

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