MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon “Pedring” has made landfall over the boundary of Isabela and Aurora, PAGASA said on Tuesday.
In its latest weather bulletin issued at 5:00 a.m., Pedring was last spotted 40 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora.
It was packing maximum sustained winds of of 140 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center with gustiness of up to 170 kph.
Speaking to dzMM, PAGASA officer-in-charge and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary Graciano Yumul said half of the eye of the typhoon, which has a diameter of 650 kms, is already battering the two provinces.
Pedring is bringing rainfall of between 15 millimeters and 25 mm per hour.
Electricity supply in Isabela has been cut off to prevent accidents.
Public storm signal no. 3 remains hoisted over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Cagayan, Isabela, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Nueva Viscaya, Quirino, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pangasinan and. Zambales.
Signal no. 2, meanwhile, was raised over Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Rizal, Northern Quezon, Polillo Island, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Lubang Island, Babuyan Group of islands, Calayan group of islands and Metro Manila.
Under signal no. 1 are the areas of Batanes, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Burias Island, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Southern Quezon, Catanduanes, Calamian Group of Islands and Romblon Group of Islands.
Yumul said Pedring is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Wednesday. However, the typhoon will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing scattered to widespread rains over southern Luzon and Visayas.
Yumul added that Pedring will be weakened as it crosses the Sierra Madre mountains in northern Luzon.
The typhoon was moving west northwest at 19 kph.
PAGASA warned residents in low lying and mountainous areas under Public Storm Warning Signals against possible flashfloods and landslides.
It also alerted residents in coastal areas against big waves or storm surges generated by the typhoon.
Work, class suspension
Due to bad weather, classes in several areas affected by the typhoon were suspended.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has also announced the suspension of college classes in Metro Manila (undergraduate and graduate levels).
Work in the executive, legislative and judiciary branches were also suspended.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, however, said those involved in emergency services are exempt from the work suspension.
Twelve domestic flights were cancelled as of 6: 40 a.m.
Based on the flight advisory, the 6 Air Philippines flights affected by bad weather were:
2P 041 (Manila-San Jose)
2P 042 (San Jose-Manila),
2P 021 (Manila-Masbate)
2P 022 (Masbate-Manila)
2P 9114 (Manila-Tuguegarao)
2P 015 (Tuguegarao-Manila)
There were also 6 Zest Air flights cancelled:
Z2 260 (Manila-Masbate)
Z2 261 (Masbate-Manila)
Z2 400 (Manila-San Jose)
Z2 401 (San Jose-Manila)
Z2 240 (Manila-Romblon)
Z2 241 (Romblon-Manila)