CEBUANOS are advised to prepare for an extended period of wet weather until the weekend, as several localized thunderstorms are expected to sweep through Cebu and the rest of Central Visayas in the coming days.
Alfredo “Al” Quiblat, head of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in Visayas, delivered this weather forecast on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023.
Quiblat said severe thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon and evening, resulting in extreme rainfall events, with 20 millimeters within an hour.
Quiblat said the harsh weather conditions are intensified by the existence of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) in Mindanao and Eastern Visayas. ITCZ is a meteorological phenomenon encircling the Earth around the equator, where the trade winds from the northern and southern hemispheres meet.
The ITCZ, known to generate meteorological disruptions, such as localized thunderstorms and heavy rainfall, plays a significant role in the prevailing weather conditions in the region, according to Quiblat.
Quiblat further said that with the existence of ITCZ, there is a possibility for the formation of a low pressure area.
The Pagasa Visayas chief said the impact of these weather conditions is not isolated to Central Visayas, but is expected to extend its influence across the entire Visayas.
He urged residents to remain vigilant as the intensity of rainfall can vary widely, resulting in differing levels of impact in different areas.
Coastal regions are particularly susceptible to flash floods and other weather-related hazards.
Staying informed through local weather forecasts and updates from Pagasa is crucial, especially given the rapid changes that can occur during the rainy season, according to Quiblat.
Quiblat said safety precautions should be a priority, with residents advised to avoid flooded streets or roads, as water levels can be deceptive and pose significant risks.
He further said that preparedness measures, including the stockpiling of non-perishable food, drinking water, flashlights, and battery-operated radios, are recommended to mitigate potential power outages and disruptions in services.
Pagasa encouraged residents to follow advisories and warnings issued by local authorities and emergency services to ensure their safety throughout this period of inclement weather.
Quiblat said that by staying informed and taking necessary precautions, residents can navigate the challenges presented by these weather patterns and minimize potential risks to life and property. / AML