Esperanza Cayanan, weather division chief at the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), on Friday said forecasters will modify the warning signals for storms to better prepare Filipinos against the impact of the weather disturbance.
“We will be giving emphasis on its effect on agriculture and transportation as key sectors,” she said in a media conference.
Under the new system, there would be corresponding expected impact for every storm signal such as: when typhoon signal No. 4 is raised, it would mean possible closure of roads because of fallen trees, collapse of bridges and total power disruption.
Pagasa’s regional offices will also provide area-specific warnings on landslides and storm surges.
While the bureau provides up-to-date weather information, Cayanan said it is important for the public to play its part by knowing the meaning of storm signal color codes and act accordingly.
Meanwhile, it said there were no indications that La Niña or El Niño, the cool and warm phases of the Pacific climate cycle, would hit the country this year.
The weather bureau also said the country would experience a longer daytime on June 21 because of the summer solstice.
Pagasa also said they are expecting about nine to 14 typhoons to hit the country from June until Novem ber. The rainy season officially began in the country last May 30.