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LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2020

May 10, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Here are the names for tropical cyclones that will enter or form inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility in 2020

Pacific clean-up after homes 'blown to smithereens' by superstorm

Apr 14, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The cyclone careens through the South Pacific, peaking as a Category Five superstorm that gouged a trail of destruction across the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga

TROPICAL CYCLONE HAROLD. This handout photo taken and released by the Tonga Police on April 9, 2020 shows damage to a tourist resort caused by Tropical Cyclone Harold in the Hihifo coastal area. Handout photo by Tonga Police/AFP

Monster Pacific cyclone Harold batters Fiji

Apr 08, 2020 - 9:02 AM

(UPDATED) Harold remains 'extremely dangerous' and residents in the island's south are advised to shelter in churches, schools, or other substantial buildings

TURBULENT. This handout photo taken on April 7, 2020 shows high seas along the coast in Lamen Bay, after Tropical Cyclone Harold swept through the northern islands of the Pacific island country of Vanuatu. Photo by Tasso Joshua/AFP

Monster cyclone tears through Vanuatu town

Apr 07, 2020 - 12:51 PM

(UPDATED) Tropical Cyclone Harold, which claimed 27 lives when it swept through the Solomon Islands last week, lashes Vanuatu's northern provinces overnight as a scale-topping category 5 superstorm

CYCLONE PREPARATIONS. Locals walk past boarded up shops in Vanuatu's capital of Port Vila on April 6, 2020 ahead of Tropical Cyclone Harold. Photo by Philippe Carillo/AFP

Why is it now called tropical cyclone 'wind' – and not 'warning' – signals?

Dec 03, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Do you know what Signal Nos. 1 to 5 are based on? Here's a quick explainer.

This handout image taken and received on December 2, 2019 courtesy of Gladys Vidal shows heavy rains and moderate wind from Typhoon Kammuri battering houses in Gamay town, Northern Samar province. - The Philippines was braced for powerful Typhoon Kammuri as the storm churned closer, forcing evacuations and threatening plans for the Southeast Asian Games events near the capital Manila. (Photo by Handout / Courtesy of Gladys Vidal / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Courtesy of Gladys Vidal" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by GLADYS VIDAL has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [adding restrictions and source]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

Mozambique records first cholera cases after Cyclone Kenneth

May 03, 2019 - 9:02 PM

The city of Pemba registers 11 cases of the disease while the neighboring district of Mecufi has 3

CYCLONE KENNETH. Residents walk in the flooded streets of the Paquite district of Pemba on April 29, 2019, as Cyclone Kenneth hit northern Mozambique. File photo by Emidio Jozine/AFP

At least 9 dead as monster cyclone enters Bangladesh

May 03, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(4th UPDATE) The monster weather system makes landfall at the holy city of Puri, with winds gusting at up to 200 kilometers per hour

CYCLONE FANI. Indian commuters navigate down a nearly deserted road in Puri in the eastern Indian state of Odisha early on May 3, 2019, as Cyclone Fani approaches the Indian coastline. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

India braces for cyclone, puts navy on alert

May 01, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Authorities have ordered the evacuation of thousands of people from coastal districts likely to bear the brunt of the storm

FANI. Track map of Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani of the 2019 North Indian Ocean cyclone season. Image from Wikimedia Commons

Aid workers scramble to get relief supplies to Mozambique cyclone victims

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:01 PM

The confirmed death toll in Mozambique and neighboring Zimbabwe reaches 432 on Friday, March 22, with 293 killed in Mozambique, and around 1.7 million people affected

RELIEF. An aid worker hands a woman a cup of water in the port of Beira, Mozambique on March 22, 2019. Photo by Wikus De Wet/AFP

At least 24 dead as Cyclone Idai hits eastern Zimbabwe

Mar 16, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Zimbabwe officials say 24 are dead with over 100 people missing

FLOODED. Rain, which is believed to be the beginning of Tropical cyclone Idai coming from central Mozambique, falls in the flooded districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje in southern Malawi, on March 15, 2019. Photo by Amos Gumulira/AFP

LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2019

Jan 03, 2019 - 7:20 PM

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Jul 23, 2018 - 3:31 PM

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LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2018

Jan 01, 2018 - 10:00 AM

From Agaton to Zeny, here's a look at the Philippines' names for tropical cyclones this year

EXPLAINER: How tropical cyclones form

Sep 27, 2017 - 9:40 PM

A tropical cyclone is one of the Earth's strongest forces, a combination of strong, howling winds and heavy precipitation. How do these forces of nature form?

DEADLY BEAUTY. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, at peak intensity and approaching the Philippines on November 7, 2013. Image courtesy NASA

'Storm of the century' Maria pummels Puerto Rico

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:44 AM

After killing at least 9 people in the Caribbean, Maria slams into Puerto Rico's southeast coast at daybreak before churning across the US territory which is home to 3.4 million

STREWN AROUND. Lightposts lay on the ground after being damaged in the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017. Hector Retamal/AFP

'Potentially catastrophic' Hurricane Maria eyes Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:35 AM

Arriving just as islanders in the region are struggling to recover from devastating Hurricane Irma which struck earlier this month, Maria claimed its first victim in the French territory of Guadeloupe

INITIAL SALVO. Tourists flee from the rain on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 19, 2017, prior to the arrival of Hurricane Maria. Hector Retamal/AFP

Category-5 Maria makes landfall in 'potentially catastrophic' hurricane

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:21 AM

(UPDATED) The maximum-strength storm made landfall on the Caribbean island of Dominica around 0115 GMT Tuesday with top winds swirling at 160 miles (257 kilometres) per hour, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says

BRACING FOR MARIA. A man and a boy nail a board over a window on September 18, 2017, in Trois-Rivieres, on the Fench Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, as Hurricane Maria approaches the Caribbean. Cedrick Isham Calvados/AFP

Hurricane Maria bears down on battered Caribbean

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:19 PM

(4th UPDATE) Maria could produce a 'dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves' that would raise water levels by 4 to 6 feet

Hurricane Maria grows on Irma's path

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:54 AM

(UPDATED) Storm warnings and watches go up in many of the Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma's destructive passage

Cyclones and climate change: connecting the dots

Aug 27, 2017 - 11:35 PM

What s missing is a detailed track record of hurricanes past the kind of decades long log of measurements that climate scientists need to discern the fingerprint of human influence

Strong winds batter seaside houses before the approaching Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas on August 25, 2017.  Harvey, which is set to make landfall later today into early Saturday, was packing maximum sustained winds of close to 120 miles (195 kilometers) per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. / AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON

On #WalangPasok days, teachers not required to report to schools – DepEd

Jul 28, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The Teachers Dignity Coalition reminds public school administrators teachers are not waterproof that their safety amid storms and floods should be considered

Dante now a tropical storm, but still far from land

Apr 27, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The storm is expected to veer away from the Philippines and will not affect weekend weather

Tropical Depression Dante enters PH area

Apr 26, 2017 - 3:44 PM

However the storm is not expected to make landfall as it is forecast to eventually move northeast and out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility

Tropical depression Dante set to enter PH area

Apr 25, 2017 - 5:54 PM

The weather disturbance is last located 1 285 km east of southern Luzon and is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility within Tuesday April 25

Japan scientist eyes energy burst from 'typhoon turbine'

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:14 PM

A Tokyo based engineer believes that his bladeless wind turbine can not only stand up to the raw force of these destructive storms but also harness that power to generate electricity

TAMING TYPHOONS This picture taken on October 20, 2016 shows engineer Atsushi Shimizu, founder and CEO of the Japanese venture company Challenergy, standing next to his bladeless wind turbine in Tokyo. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2017

Jan 04, 2017 - 4:25 PM

From Auring to Zoraida here s a look at the Philippines names for tropical cyclones this year

Bermuda gears up for restoration efforts as Hurricane Nicole moves on

Oct 14, 2016 - 1:57 PM

It s been a long day Premier Michael Dunkley tells local media though he says the worst has passed without causing any deaths or serious injuries

HURRICANE NICOLE. This NOAA-NASA GOES Project satellite image of Hurricane Nicole shows it approaching Bermuda at 1237 UTC on October 13, 2016. File photo by NOAA-NASA GOES Project/AFP

TS Madeline targets Hawaii as Hurricane Lester tears across Pacific

Aug 28, 2016 - 9:10 PM

Hurricane Lester is likely to weaken in the next days but Tropical Storm Madeline is expected to strengthen into a hurricane

This August 27, 2016 NASA satellite image shows Tropical Storm Madeline (14E) in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Tropical Storm Madeline picked up speed as it headed towards Hawaii on August 28. Tropical Storm Madeline is expected to strengthen and become a hurricane by August 29, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / NASA / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

ALPHA ALERT: Things mayors should do to prepare for #ButchoyPH

Jul 05, 2016 - 11:54 PM

Ten regions are placed under Alpha Alert requiring them to take minimum readiness steps as Typhoon Butchoy enters PAR

From Ambo to Zosimo: PAGASA releases 2016 typhoon names

May 25, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Here s a list of tropical cyclone names for 2016 Is your name on it?

IN NUMBERS: Typhoons in the Philippines and the 2016 polls

Mar 19, 2016 - 11:00 AM

As the May elections draw near it s important for voters to understand how vulnerable they are and how critical leaders who are knowledgeable about disaster management are

Water level of Cagayan River continues to rise on Monday, October 19, causing more villages to submerge in floodwaters. Photo by Jay-ar DS Paringit

Scramble to reach Fiji cyclone victims as toll hits 36

Feb 24, 2016 - 10:05 AM

While humanitarian aid is pouring into the main island Viti Levu some of the worst hit villages are remote islands that relief workers have not yet been able to reach

DESTROYED. A handout image provided by the New Zealand Defence Force on February 23, 2016 shows damage to homes and land in Muamua on Vanua Balavu Island after tropical cyclone Winston hit parts of Fiji,  February 22, 2016. NZ Defence Force/Handout/EPA

Cyclone death toll hits 29 as Fiji eyes long clean-up

Feb 23, 2016 - 8:59 AM

As aid efforts intensify communications are established with some of the worst hit remote communities revealing the scale of the disaster

AFTERMATH. A handout imaged obtained on 21 February 2016 shows scenes of Tropical Cyclone Winston's destruction in Ba, Fiji. Naziah Ali / Handout/EPA

Death toll rises as Fiji cleans up after 'strongest ever' cyclone

Feb 21, 2016 - 8:45 AM

UPDATED It is being described as one of the most powerful in recorded history as a nation we are facing an ordeal of the most grievous kind Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says

DEADLY STORM. On February 19, 2016, at 01:15 UTC, the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Winston in the South Pacific Ocean. Credits: NASA Goddard Rapid Response/NOAA

Flights cancelled as powerful cyclone bears down on Fiji

Feb 20, 2016 - 3:09 PM

One resident describes severe tropical cyclone Winston as a monster cyclone and the strongest Fiji has ever experienced

CANCELLED FLIGHTS. Fiji cancels flights and warns residents to prepare for the effects of severe tropical cyclone Winston. Rappler file photo

Rare cyclone batters war-torn Yemen

Nov 03, 2015 - 5:22 PM

The damage is enormous and we fear human losses

CYCLONE CHAPALA. On Nov. 2, 2015 at 09:40 UTC (4:40 a.m. EDT) the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Tropical Cyclone Chapala making landfall in Yemen. Credits: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

PAGASA adds Storm Signal No. 5 to storm warning system

May 21, 2015 - 3:12 PM

The state weather bureau says the increase in extremely damaging tropical cyclones in the country makes the previous storm warning systems inadequate

Half of Vanuatu's population affected by Cyclone Pam – UN

Mar 21, 2015 - 10:49 AM

Food stocks and water reserves are being exhausted and will not last more than a couple of weeks across the affected islands

DEVASTATION. Villagers clean up their destroyed homes on Tanna Island, Vanuatu, 19 March 2015. File photo by Dave Hunt/EPA

Vanuatu reminder: Why world should take bold action on disasters

Mar 17, 2015 - 3:01 PM

President Lonsdale’s words are a wake up call for the international community the current status quo in disaster risk reduction efforts is failing the world’s most vulnerable nations and communities

AFTERMATH. Adrian Banga surveys his destroyed house in Port Villa, capital of Vanuatu, 16 March 2015. Photo by Dave Hunt Australia and New Zealand Out/EPA

Typhoon to enter PH next week – Pagasa

Mar 14, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Tropical storm Bavi will be locally called Betty when it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility

Flooding in Vanuatu as cyclone hits maximum strength

Mar 13, 2015 - 9:37 AM

The Vanuatu Disaster Management Office issues red alerts for 4 provinces in the poor Pacific nation of 270 000 people advising residents to shelter in evacuation centers

The MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Pam in the South Pacific Ocean on March 9 at 23:00 UTC. Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Marcia damages 1,500 homes in Australia

Feb 22, 2015 - 2:21 PM

Our fundamental priority now is on those families who have been the most severely impacted Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says

CYCLONE MARCIA. Young people play with big sea waves due to tropical cyclone Marcia on Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on February 20, 2015. Photo by Dave Hunt/EPA

Australia clears up after 'devastating' twin cyclones

Feb 21, 2015 - 4:42 PM

Tropical cyclones Lam and Marcia hit different parts of Australia leaving a trail of destruction in the continent

DAMAGE. A kid stands infront of their damaged home in John St, Yeppoon, Queensland after tropical cyclone Marcia hit their area. EPA/KARIN CALVERT

Two big cyclones at once, in a first for Australia

Feb 20, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Tropical Cyclone Marcia slams into central Queensland as a category five system while Lam makes landfall in the Northern Territory as a category four

MARCIA. Young people play with big sea waves due to the Tropical Cyclone Marcia, on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 20 February 2015. Tropical cyclone Marcia made landfall near the city of Rockhampton on the north-east coast of Queensland state with gusts of up to 295 kph, media reports said on 20 February. Photo by Dave Hunt/EPA

Australia warns of 'calamity' as massive cyclone roars ashore

Feb 20, 2015 - 9:45 AM

Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia is expected to cause significant damage after being upgraded to a category 5 the most severe

TROPICAL CYCLONE MARCIA. A kitesurfer makes the most of strong winds and choppy seas caused by Cyclone Marcia, near Yeppoon, central Queensland, Australia, 19 February 2015. Nathan Paull/EPA

#AmangPH: Share critical info on Project Agos

Jan 16, 2015 - 11:27 AM

Help save lives Use the Project Agos Alert Map to help crowdsource and map critical reports

Tropical cyclones moving poleward, says study

May 16, 2014 - 3:56 PM

Regions once considered to be relatively cyclone safe may become more exposed while regions closer to the equator may run less risk of being hit

A satellite image of Tropical Storm Man-yi (which later became a typhoon) on September 13, 2013, at 1:15 UTC. Man-yi later hit Japan. Image courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Weather Philippines trains Rappler staff on 'Weather 101'

May 06, 2014 - 9:00 PM

The training seminar helped participants understand the basic concepts processes and effects of different weather disturbances

WEATHER PLUS. Rappler staff get a refresher course on the concepts and processes of weather disturbances from Weather Philippines Foundation. Photo contributed by WPF

El Niño may start June, says PAGASA

May 01, 2014 - 7:48 PM

Majority of climate models point to the possibility of an El Niño occurring this year

EXPECT DROUGHTS. The UN Weather agency also says droughts will likely happen in 2014 because of an El Niño phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean. File photo by AFP

Cyclone batters Australia's Great Barrier Reef coast

Apr 12, 2014 - 12:02 PM

Australia s Barrier Reef coast is taking a battering from a tropical cyclone which knocked out power and phones but no deaths or major devastation is reported