PAGASA launches color-coded typhoon warnings
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has announced yesterday the color-coded storm surge warning.
The new system will be included in tropical storm forecasts and bulletins.
PAGASA will use the colors green, yellow, orange and red to notify the public of potential storm surges, said Cecilia Monteverde, officer-in-charge of PAGASA’s Hydrometeorology Tropical Meteorology Instrument Research and Development Station.
A green warning means “no alert” and no evacuation is necessary, while a yellow warning means “be alert” and a storm surge is possible.
An orange warning means “alarm,” as a storm surge is possible and evacuation to safer places is encouraged, while a red warning means “take action,” as there is a “big threat to life” and mandatory evacuation is recommended.
Monteverde explained that the latest system was built to assist the public to understand the warnings brought about by strong cyclones such as Super Typhoon Yolanda, which hit the country in November 2013.
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