Thunderstorm warnings up across Cebu-A A +A
Friday, September 6, 2013
CEBU -- Three thunderstorm warnings were issued by the Provincial Disaster and Risk-reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) on Thursday, advising the public of a possible thunderstorm in at least 20 towns and cities across the province.
The warnings will continue to be in effect today, September 6, PDRRMC head Neil Sanchez said.
Residents were advised to stay indoors and to avoid open spaces in the event that a thunderstorm hits their area.
Sanchez issued the first thunderstorm warning to the towns of Argao, Badian, Dalaguete, Moalboal, and Alcantara at 11:12 a.m.
At 11:39 a.m., another warning was sent to the cities of Cebu, Toledo and Naga, and the towns of Balamban, Minglanilla, Pinamungajan, Tuburan, Sogod, and Borbon.
A similar warning was issued to Danao City and the towns of Carmen, Barili, Dumanjug, Aloguinsan, and Asturias at 12:50 p.m.
Officials of the local government units concerned, the town and city police offices and the Central Command were sent a copy of the warnings.
A similar thunderstorm warning was issued before the hailstorm hit Pinamungajan town west of Cebu last Wednesday afternoon.
Heavy rains with ice particles the size of a fist brought by the thunderstorm battered Barangays Poblacion, Pandacan, Binabag, Lut-od and Sambagon.
The wind was so strong that mango, coconut and acacia trees were uprooted. Some of them fell on houses while some blocked the roads.
No one was hurt during the storm but several houses were damaged.
Sanchez said that the Pinamungajan Police Station estimated the damage at P4,000.
Three houses in Lut-od were damaged, three in Poblacion, two in Binabag, and another two in Sambagon.
“Murag gibato kuno ang ilang mga balay (It was as if rocks were being thrown at their houses),” said Pinamungajan Mayor Glen Baricuatro, who immediately visited the affected barangays to survey the damage.
After Wednesday's storm, the town’s engineering team brought chainsaws and removed the trees that blocked the roads.
The mayor said it started with heavy rains followed by the ice particles. The heavy rains, hailstorm and strong winds lasted for an hour.
Baricuatro said it was unusual because it was hot around noontime Thursday. By early afternoon, dark clouds appeared and it started to rain.
It was not the first time that Pinamungajan experienced a hailstorm. In May last year, heavy rains and the same ice-like particles were experienced in Barangays Lamac and Punod.
In a GMA 7 Balitang Bisdak report, Oscar Tabada of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) explained that thunderstorm clouds carry ice particles.
“Daghan na kaayo ang uwan, ug kusog na kaayo ang hangin tungod sa pag-init sa kalibutan,” Tabada said. (OCP/Sun.Star Cebu)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 06, 2013.