Public Storm Warning Signal #1

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This year, at least 17 tropical storms and typhoons will hit the Philippines. Every time there is a storm, PAGASA issues a Public Storm Warning Signal to warn citizens about the intensity and direction of the storm.

A storm is coming

As a precaution, classes are suspended in all public and private pre-schools in the affected area. When the winds reach speeds of 60 km/h to 100 km/h, classes will be suspended, and people traveling by air and sea are warned. Light to moderate damage is expected, with some trees uprooted and roofs blown away. When the third warning signal is raised, people should seek shelter, evacuate low-lying areas, and stay away from coasts. People will suffer major damage if they choose to remain in their homes.

The storm is coming, be prepared. Cancel outdoor activities and traveling.

PSWS No. 5: A storm warning type is raised when there will be supe typhoons hitting the area. If this happens, winds over 220 km/hr may cause destruction in buildings. Most will be severely damaged, and the few crops and trees left standing may be destroyed. Emergency evacuation should happen before it’s too late, as emergency response teams are engaged with the disaster by then or preparing to deal with the disaster at that point. PAGASA has a color-coded system for their rainfall alerts. They range from moderate green, to severe orange and red. Expect a storm surge, and you should monitor the weather as soon as possible. 15-30mm (15-30 liters per square meter/hour) of intense rain and flooding in one hour.

Red Rainfall Advisory: this advisory will be issued when the rainfall is more than 30mm in one hour, or if it has continued for the past three hours and risen to more than 65mm (30liters per square meter/hour).  Storm surges over 3 meters high are expected to cause significant damage to coastal structures. Serious flooding is expected in low-lying areas, so evacuation to safe zones should be considered.