Low Pressure Area: “92”, off the coast of Mindanao is growing in intensity and making a North West track towards Cebu and Bantayan Island. Estimates are that within 6 to 24 hours this low pressure system will become the next Typhoon in the Philippines, called “Ramon”.
It would be advisable now to make early preparations for the possibility of a signal 1 or 2 Typhoon striking Bantayan Island as early as Wednesday or late Thursday of this week. Make sure you have plenty of fresh water, enough food for a few days, fresh batteries for a good flashlight and perhaps have some extra cash on hand as ATM’s may be out for a day or two.
There is a possibility that once this low pressure area becomes a Tropical cyclone, it may take a more Northerly route and not strike Northern Cebu and Bantayan Island directly.
We will post updates on the progress of this low pressure area in the next 24 hours.
If you have been planning a trip to Bantayan Island this week, you might pause for a day or two until the final disposition of this low pressure area is know. In the event that “Ramon” does strike Bantayan, or skirt the island with a band of rain and wind, coming to the island or leaving the island will not be possible for a few days. Island Shipping does not provide Ferry service on or off Bantayan Island during a Typhoon.
Estimated Storm Track for Typhoon Ramon 2 pm Monday October 10, 2011:
Update: Monday October 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm.
P.A.G.A.S.A has now determined that “Ramon” will definitely make contact with Bantayan Island by this coming Thursday. The following is the most recent details given by the main Philippine weather agency:
“Tropical Depression “RAMON” is expected to be at 260 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur by tomorrow afternoon and at 90 km East of Surigao City by Wednesday afternoon. By Thursday afternoon, it will be in the vicinity of Bantayan Island or at 100 km North of Cebu City.
More updates to follow Tuesday Morning.
Update: 3:00 am October 11, 2011:
PAGASA, the national weather service in the Philippines has confirmed that Typhoon “Ramon” will definitely make a direct hit on Bantayan Island on Thursday October 13, 2011.
It is advisable that if you are a visitor to Bantayan Island that you depart the island today if possible, otherwise plan to be detained on the island until approximately Saturday when winds and seas may permit your departure. A band of rain clouds have already formed over the island of Cebu and Bantayan Island, delivering periods of gusty wind and rain over the entire island area.
Although it is confirmed that Ramon will be a Signal 1 Typhoon, with minimal damage to trees, homes and resorts, it will produce some storm surge as well as rough seas. In all storms over Bantayan Island, it is the condition of the sea that is of most critical importance as Island Shipping does not operate Ferry service during any Typhoon when seas are rough.