Editorial: The watch isn’t over yet-A A +A
Friday, January 17, 2014
THE sun may have been peeking out of cloudy skies every once in a while in Davao City, but in many places, they haven’t seen the sun in days.
Now, the sun may hide some more and more rain may come with the low pressure area now having intensified into Tropical Depression Agaton.
As reported, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) hoisted public storm warning signal number 1 over Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Province, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, and Compostela Valley.
In Davao Region, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley were among the worst affected when the abnormal weather was still an LPA. Now people have to be more alert as more rains will be expected to fall. Everyone by now knows how a water-logged area can mean greater risk to people downstream or downhill.
Worse, while we thought the LPA had already gone up, the LPA now turned tropical depression is headed our way again.
Pagasa said the tropical depression is expected to be at 40 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur by Saturday morning, at 13 km northeast of Davao City by Sunday morning and at 45 km northwest of General Santos City by Monday morning.
Eastern and Central Visayas may experience moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms. Sea travel is also risky over the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and Caraga Region.
This early, three passenger-cargo vessels ran aground in Lapulapu City, Cebu and Danahon, Bohol, because of strong winds and current. This should be warning enough on the danger of going to sea when the warning is still up.
Let’s keep an eye too on our slopes, they just might be weakening by this time, and so with our rivers what with all the water that has been pouring since start of the week. But most of all, heed warnings and seek advice.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 18, 2014.