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PAGASA Says Volcanic Activity May Trigger Rains Leading To Mudslides

PAGASA: VOLCANIC ACTIVITY – According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), light to moderate rains may trigger mudslides in areas near Taal Volcano.

PAGASA: Volcanic Activity Can Trigger Rains Leading To Mudslides
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According to the PAGASA’s weather specialist Meno Mendoza, the volcanic activity has triggered the rains and thunderstorms over Batangas and nearby areas.

Weather specialist Joey Figuracion explained that hot volcanic ash and cold ice crystals resulted to cloud formation causing rain and volcanic lightning.

Cloudy skies with isolated rains and thunderstorms may prevail over Batangas, Laguna, and Cavite due to the continuous volcanic activity. These areas may also experience reduced visibility during ashfall and mudflow caused by light to moderate rains

Meno Mendoza

Based on an article from Manila Bulletin, the weather specialist also added that winds could bring the mixture of volcanic particles and gasses or volcanic plumes towards the following areas:

  • Laguna
  • northern Quezon
  • Aurora

Also, the lowe pressure area (LPA) at 615 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur could see bright light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains in areas in Caraga and Eastern Visayas.

However, the LPA is not forecasted to develop into a tropical cyclone. But, residents close to the affected areas, were urged to take extra precaution in the event of a severe thunderstorm.

According to Mendoza, the tail-end of the cold front or amihan may carry scattered rains and thunderstorms to the following areas:

  • Aurora
  • Batanes
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Abra
  • Benguet
  • Ifugao
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Apayao

In addition, Metro Manila and the rest of the Philippines will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies. Isolated rain showers and possibilities of flooding and landslides could also happen during severe thunderstorms.

Like this article? READ ALSO: PAGASA – Cloudy Skies, Rains In 3 Areas Due To Taal’s Eruption

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