ASEAN WEATHER: HANOI- Super Typhoon Saudel / ‘Pepito’ will make landfall in the East Sea on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. — VNA/VNS


Weather forecasting centre rejects fake news about super typhoon

Update: October, 20/2020 – 14:52

The typhoon will make landfall in the East Sea on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — The National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Centre has rejected reports alleging the eighth storm to hit the central region of Việt Nam, known as Saudel, is actually a super typhoon.

The fake news was spread on Facebook citing the Japanese national weather forecasting centre.

“All of these predictions about Typhoon Saudel are baseless and fake. The Japanese weather forecasting centre and other countries have said no such thing,” said Trần Quang Năng, head of the weather forecasting department at the centre.

At 1pm on Tuesday, the typhoon was about 220km from Luzon Island in the Philippines, with winds reaching 60-75km per hour.

In the next 24 hours, it will move west-northwest across the South China Sea (called the East Sea by Việt Nam) on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

Typhoon Saudel is predicted to strengthen after it makes landfall and brings heavy rain to northern and central regions.


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Năng asked the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control to punish those responsible for spreading inaccurate information on social networks, causing public confusion.

This issue should be handled promptly to ensure people only access accurate information released by the authorities so they could respond to natural disasters, helping to mitigate the damage they caused, he said. — VNS


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‘Pepito’ slightly intensifies as it makes landfall over Aurora


12:48 AM October 21, 2020

Track of Tropical Storm Pepito

Track of Tropical Storm Pepito as of Tuesday evening (Image from PAGASA)


MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Storm Pepito, internationally known as Saudel, made landfall over the San Ildefonso Peninsula in Casiguran town of Aurora late on Tuesday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Pepito slightly intensified, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour near the center, with a stronger gustiness reaching up to 125 kph.


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It was last spotted in the vicinity of Aurora’s Dinalungan town as of 10:00 p.m.

It slowed down a bit, however, moving westward at 20 kph.

It was still expected to cross the Luzon landmass,  emerge over the West Philippine Sea by Wednesday morning, and then leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Thursday evening.

As of this writing, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 was still raised over the following areas as wind speeds may reach from 60 to 120 kph in the next 24 hours:

  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Tarlac
  • Aurora
  • the southern portion of Isabela (Palanan, San Mariano, Benito Soliven, Naguilian, Gamu, Burgos, San Manuel, Aurora, Cabatuan, Luna, Reina Mercedes, Cauayan City, Dinapigue, San Guillermo, Angadanan, Alicia, San Mateo, Ramon, San Isidro, Echague, San Agustin, Jones, Santiago City, Cordon)
  • the southern portion of Ilocos Sur (Sugpon, Alilem, Tagudin)
  • the northern portion of Zambales (Iba, Palauig, Masinloc, Candelaria, Santa Cruz, Botolan, Cabangan)
  • the northern portion of Bulacan (San Miguel, Doña Remedios Trinidad)
  • the northern portion of Pampanga (Candaba, Arayat, Magalang, Mabalacat)
  • the northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar) including Polillo Islands

Metro Manila and the following were placed under Signal No. 1:

  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Bataan
  • Rizal
  • the rest of the northern portion of Quezon (Infanta, Real)
  • the rest of Ilocos Sur
  • the rest of Isabela
  • the rest of Pampanga
  • the rest of Bulacan
  • the rest of Zambales

Due to Pepito, moderate to heavy rains may be felt from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning over Central Luzon, Cordillera Administrative Region, northern Quezon (including Polillo Islands), Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Isabela, mainland Cagayan, La Union, and Pangasinan.

Light to moderate and at times heavy rains may fall over Metro Manila during the same period, plus the rest of Luzon, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Pagasa urged residents in areas with wind signal warnings to monitor weather updates and coordinate with local governments, especially as flash floods and rain-induced landslides were still possible for those living in low lying areas and near mountain slopes.

High to gale-force winds may also prevail in areas under the wind signal warnings, especially in the Northern Luzon areas which will also be affected by the northeasterly surface wind flow.


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A gale warning remained over the seaboards of Batanes, Cagayan, and Ilocos Norte and the western seaboards of Batangas and Occidental Mindoro (including Lubang Island).

Pagasa also noted that seaboards of localities under both Signals No. 1 and N .2 might also have the same sea conditions, ranging from rough to very rough, making sea travel very risky.

For the rest of the country, moderate to rough seas may prevail especially over Palawan, the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, and Davao Region.



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