Tropical Storm Ramon (Banyan)

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Meteorological REPORT on Tropical Storm Ramon (Banyan) - Initial assessment

October 13, 2011: Tropical Depression Ramon (Banyan) has further slowed down as it moves towards the West Philippine Sea

Tropical Depression Ramon (Banyan) made landfall yesterday, October 12, over Leyte in Eastern Visayas before being downgraded to a Tropical Depression. Now, it has started its way away from the Philippines after causing flooding in several provinces in the central part of the country. This time, nature spared the Northern provinces still recovering from the past two typhoons.

According to the latest weather bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), issued this morning at 5a.m., October 13, 2011, the Tropical Storm was located 80km west northwest of San Jose in the province of Occidental Mindoro (12.6°N, 120.3°E) and moved slower at 11 km/h. It presented maximum sustainable winds of 55 km/h near the centre and already appeared as a disorganized area of convection weakening slightly. Public Storm Warning Signals have been lowered, even if moderate to heavy rainfall amounts of up to 25 mm/h are still expected within the 300km of the Tropical Depression diameter.

Up to now, Ramon (Banyan) has caused 7 confirmed casualties and affected more than 23,500 persons in 16 municipalities of the regions of Visayas, Southern Tagalon and in Northern Mindanao, as reported this morning by the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC) on October 13, 2011, at 6:00 a.m.

October 12, 2011: Tropical Storm Ramon (Banyan) moves across the Philippines bringing heavy rainfall

Tropical Storm Ramon (Banyan) remains a Tropical Storm as it moves across Visayas, in the central part of the Philippines. During the last hours, it has maintained its strength and west-north-west (WNW) direction at 17km/h. It is expected to make landfall over southern Leyte today. During the last few days, we have been surveying an Active Low Pressure Area (ALPA) east of Mindanao that has finally developed into a Tropical Depression. On October 10, 2011, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) named it RAMON. Since then, Ramon has continued to maintain its strength and is being tracked, moving towards the Philippines while accelerating to a speed of 17km/hr.

According to the latest weather bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), issued this morning at 5a.m., October 12, 2011, Tropical Storm Ramon (Banyan) was located 89km east-north-east of Surigao city (10.1°N, 126.2°E). It boasted maximum sustainable winds of 65 km/h near the centre and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.

For the moment, the winds continue to be a minor factor and the storm appears to be poorly organized. However, tropical storm Ramon (Banyan) is quite widespread and expansive, with a diameter of around 665km. Thus, it has been generating heavy rainfall over the past 24 hours across the region, increasing the risk of floods and landslides. PAGASA's Public Storm Warning signals have been emitted for several regions within Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao provinces. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), has already reported a State of Calamity for the city of Mandaue in Central Visayas, due to the floods in their Barangays.

October 11, 2011: New Tropical Depression "Ramon" (Banyan) approaches the south of the Philippines

During the last few days, we have been surveying an Active Low Pressure Area (ALPA) east of Mindanao that has finally developed into a Tropical Depression. On October 10, 2011, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) named it RAMON. Since then, Ramon has continued to maintain its strength and is being tracked, moving towards the Philippines while accelerating to a speed of 17km/hr.

According to the latest PAGASA weather bulletin issued today at 5:00a.m., Ramon is located 360km east-south-east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (7.7°N, 129.7°E) with maximum sustainable winds of 55km/h in the system. Ramon will continue to move west-north-west probably making landfall near the Leyte Gulf region tomorrow morning (October 12, 2011).

PAGASA has already issued public storm warnings for several regions of Luzon, Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao, where floods and winds of 45-60 km/h are expected.

On a better note, it seems that the storm will remain weak as it cross the Philippines. High winds and storm surges should be negligible compared to the rainfall that remains the biggest threat to the region, due to the flooding and landslides, as stated by meteorologists in western pacific weather .

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