Torrential rains continue to pound E. Visayas, Caraga

by Malou Talosig-Bartolome

IT seems like Shear Line is not yet done wearing its Scrooge hat. Two days after Christmas, rains brought by the Shear Line will continue to pound Visayas, Mindanao and Palawan.

Eastern Visayas and Caraga regions will take the beating more from Shear Line’s torrential rains today.

The rest of Visayas including Bohol, Zamboanga Peninsula, northern Mindanao, Palawan will also continue to suffer hits with moderate to heavy rains today. There might be thunderstorms, too. Not a good idea to be on the beach, again.

State weather forecasting agency Pagasa warned of flooding and rain-induced landslides in those areas.

Cagayan Valley,  Aurora, Quezon, and the Cordillera and Bicol region will also experience moderate to heavy rains today. Those are monsoon rains, and blame that on another December weather system this time — Northeast Monsoon.

The Northeast Monsoon is also behind the cool weather today. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon are enjoying its good effects the past week, and will likely continue to do so today. 

For fishermen, the Northeast Monsoon spells bad news for their livelihood. Pagasa said strong to gale-force winds are enveloping almost the entire archipelago today.

Flood advisory

Pagasa issued seven travel advisories in Palawan, Eastern and Central Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao and Zamboanga Peninsula regions.

Orange flood warning alert or “severe” flooding is up on the following provinces and their rivers and tributaries:


Eastern Samar

Southern Leyte


Northern Samar

Agusan del Norte

Agusan del Sur

Dinagat Islands

Surigao del Norte

Surigao del Sur

Misamis Occidental

Misamis Oriental

Lanao del Norte



Zamboanga del Norte

Zamboanga del Sur


Yellow flood alert or “moderate” flooding is up on the following provinces:




Lanao del Sur



“People living near the mountain slopes and in the low lying areas of the above mentioned river systems and the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils concerned still advised to be alert for possible flash floods and landslides,” Pagasa advised.

Gale warning

Waves could go as high as 18 feet or 2-story building off the coasts of Northern and Central Luzon — Batanes, Cagayan Including Babuyan Islands, Isabela, Aurora, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, and Zambales. With a wind force of 45 – 71 kph, the sea condition could be very rough.

Eastern and southern seaboards of southern Luzon will also be very rough. Waves as high as 16 feet can wallop small boats off Quezon Including Polillo Islands, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate Including Burias Island, Albay, Sorsogon, Romblon, and Marinduque.

Wave height of 14.7 feet will greet those who braved the seas off the western seaboard of southern Luzon— Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro Including Lubang Island, Palawan Including Calamian, Cuyo, And Kalayaan Islands.  The seas will not be as friendly, too, in seaboards of Visayas and the eastern seaboard of Mindanao — Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Iloilo, Capiz, Antique, Aklan, Bohol, Cebu, Siquijor, Dinagat Islands, Surigao Del Sur, Surigao Del Norte, Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands.

“Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” Pagasa warned repeatedly.

Visayas dayalekto

Ang sidlakang bahin sa Visayas makasinati ug madag-umon na kalangitan inubanan sa mga katag-katag ngadto na sa lukop na mga pag-ulan, pagpangilat ug pagpanugdog tungod sa Shearline. Ang nahibiling bahin sa Visayas ug Palawan apil na ang Kalayaan Islands makasinati ug madag-umon na kalangitan inubanan sa mga katag-katag na mga pag-ulan, pagpangilat ug pagpanugdog tungod sa Shearline.Ug ang Occidental Mindoro makasinati ug panagsang mapanganuron ngadto na sa madag-umon na kalangitan nga naay mga hinay nga pag-ulan tungod sa Amihan.

Kusog na hangin nga gikan sa Amihanang-silangan ang mupasulabi sa Visayas, Palawan lakip na ang Kalayaan Islands, ug sa Occidental Mindoro diin ang kadagatan adunay baluron ang kahimtang.

Mindanao dayalekto

Ang Caraga makasinati sa mapanganuron nga kalangitan inubanan sa katag-katag ngadto na sa makaylapon nga pag ulan, kilat ug panalugdog tungod sa Shear Line. Ang ubang dapit sa Mindanao makasinati sa mapanganuron nga kalangitan inubanan sa katag-katag nga pag ulan, kilat ug panalugdog tungod sa Shear Line. Kasarangan ngadto sa kusog nga hangin magagikan sa amihanang silangang ngadto na sa amihanang kasagpang direksyon ug ang kadagatan kasarangan ngadto sa kusog ang pagbalud.



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