PAGASA warns of stronger typhoons due to El Niño

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Posted at Feb 21 2019 02:38 AM

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MANILA - State weather bureau PAGASA on Wednesday warned of stronger typhoons this year due to El Niño.

PAGASA climate monitoring chief Analiza Solis said the country could experience a decline of tropical cyclone frequency, but it will give rise to more intense events later this year.

"Mas kakaunti ang pumapasok na bagyo sa atin dahil nagre-recurve po siya," she told "Bandila sa DZMM."

She added: "Kung pumasok sa atin 'yung mga bagyong 'yun, matagal siyang tumira sa karagatan, so pagdating sa atin, malalakas na po ang bagyo."

As of Tuesday, Solis said 5 provinces are experiencing drought: Ilocos Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Maguindanao, and Sulu.

PAGASA defines drought as 3 consecutive months of 60 percent rainfall reduction or 5 consecutive months of 21 to 60 percent rainfall reduction. 

The weather bureau on Wednesday advised on the possible effects of El Niño, which is expected to go full-blown in the coming months.

"Paparating na ang mainit na temperatura. Iwas tayo, uminom ng maraming tubig," Solis said.