Typhoon Pedring to make landfall in Aurora

by Jojo Malig, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Sep 26 2011 05:34 PM | Updated as of Sep 27 2011 04:45 AM


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ALBAY, Philippines (UPDATE) - Typhoon Pedring (international name Nesat) will make landfall early Tuesday morning in Casiguran, Aurora, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

Public Storm Signal No. 3 has been hoisted over Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Northern Quezon, including Polillo Island, Aurora, Quirino, and Isabela.

These areas are expected to experience winds of 101-185 kilometers per hour (kph) in at least 18 hours, PAGASA said.

Metro Manila, meanwhile, has been placed under Public Storm Signal No. 2.

The other areas under Public Storm Signal No 2, as of 5 p.m. Monday, are Albay, Burias Island, Sorsogon, rest of Quezon, Rizal, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Benguet, Mt. Province, Kalinga, and Cagayan.

Public Storm Signal No. 1 is up over Ticao Island, Masbate, Marinduque, Batangas, Cavite, Bataan, Pampanga, Zambales, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Apayao, and the Calayan and Babuyan group of islands.

"Pedring" has slightly intensified as it makes its way toward land, according to PAGASA.

As of 5 p.m., It had maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph.

It was 260 km east southeast of Casiguran, Aurora as of 4 p.m. and will be near Baguio City Tuesday afternoon.

"Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone," PAGASA said in its latest weather advisory.

The weather bureau said the estimated rainfall amount from "Pedring" is from 15 to 25 mm per hour within the typhoon's 650-km diameter.

Projected track of Typhoon Pedring (Nesat) based on data from the US Navy/Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Aurora gears up for typhoon

Aurora has started feeling the effects of "Pedring." The province's capital town, Baler, is on the typhoon's direct path.

One fisherman has been reported missing in Aurora. The 39-year-old set sail Sunday with 6 others, but only his companions made their way home.

"Mga kasamahan niya umuwi na kaninang madaling araw tapos siya hindi nakita dahil sobra daw malaki alon," said the missing fisherman's wife, Senelyn Mahdos.

Rescue units and relief goods are already on stand-by in Aurora.

Officials estimate that as many as 6,000 people will be affected by flooding alone -- more, if landslides hit the province.

In Isabela, disaster management officials held an emergency meeting as the province prepares for "Pedring."

Isabela Governor Faustino Dy said the coastal towns of Dinapigue, Palanan, Divilacan, and Maconacon, are being closely watched.

"Nangangamba kami sa mga bayan na yan kasi ang tanging paraan na maabot sila ay bangka o helicopter...Pero handa narin naman ang mga LGUs doon. May mga supplies na rin sila," Dy said.

The governor has asked residents in affected areas to evacuate. Classes in the entire province will remain suspended until Tuesday.

In nearby Cagayan, rescue teams and relief supplies are also ready. Officials are also monitoring the water level at the Cagayan river.


Meanwhile, visibility was almost zero along Maharlika Highway in Camarines Norte on Monday due to the blinding rain from "Pedring."

Several houses and rice fields are already submerged in floodwaters, while winds toppled trees.

In Mercedes town, government trucks made the rounds of villages urging people in low-lying areas to leave their homes.

Fishermen who set sail have also returned to shore due to dangerous waves. In coastal areas, residents secured their homes.

Classes in the elementary and high school levels were also canceled, and local disaster officials recommended voluntary evacuations in flood-prone areas.

In Libon, Albay, residents are keeping a close watch on waterways.

If the rains continue, a river in the town is likely to overflow like it did when Typhoon Juaning battered Bicol.

Despite strong currents, some residents still used their small boats to evacuate.

Police also went house-to-house to convince people to move to safety.

Many villages also are in danger in Polangui, Albay.

More than 20,000 in the village live in flood- and landslide-prone areas.

In Legazpi City, lahar began to flow along the Padang river, and many parts of the city are under water.

Meanwhile, disaster response authorities said more than 900 passengers are now stranded in various ports in Luzon including in Lucena City, Batangas, and Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro. - with reports from Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News; Jonathan Magistrado, ABS-CBN Bicol; ANC