(UPDATE) 'Emong' hits Northern Luzon

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Posted at May 08 2009 01:14 AM | Updated as of May 08 2009 06:08 PM

The country's weather bureau announced late Thursday that Typhoon "Emong" (international codename Chan-hom) has made landfall in Northern Pangasinan with sustained winds of 150 kilopmeter per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

In its 11 p.m. bulletin, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) said however that it expects the typhoon “to weaken after crossing Cordillera Mountains.”

PAGASA said the typhoon was in the vicinity of La Union as of 10 p.m. and traveling at 19 kph in a northeast direction.

It said it expects the typhoon to be 250 kilometers east northeast of Tuguegarao City or 210 kilometers southeast of Basco, Batanes by Friday evening.

Storm Signal Number 3 remains hoisted over Pangasinan, Northern Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Kalinga, Apayao and Abra.

Storm Signal Number 2 meanwhile remains hoisted over the rest of Zambales, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Quirino, Isabela, Cagayan, Babuyan and Batanes.

In Metro Manila, PAGASA said Storm Signal Number remains hoisted along with Lubang Island, Bataan, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Northern Quezon and Aurora.

PAGASA reminded residents in low lying areas and near mountain slopes to take all the necessary precautions against possible flashfloods and landslides. Those living in coastal areas under storm signals number 2 and number 3 were reminded to be on alert against big waves or storm surges generated by this typhoon.

The next PAGASA bulletin is set to be issued at 5 a.m. Friday.

NDCC report

The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) in its 12:30 a.m. report Friday said 605 families or 2,336 persons were affected by the typhoon in Pangasinan. 92 persons were taken to evacuation centers in Bolinao town in Pangasinan.

A total of 405 families or 1,621 persons in in Region 3 residing in 15 barangays in four municipalities and two cities in Pampanga and Zambales were also reported by NDCC to have been affected by the typhoon.

Landslide incidents were reported to have occurred in four sitios of Barangay Kalaklan in Olongapo City.

One was reported dead in Sta. Cruz town in Zambales province due to heart attack and identified by NDCC as Jeremy Ambalisa.

One in Balanga City in Bataan was also reported missing and identified as Asley Dualo Mosallina of Bagong Silang in Balanga City in Bataan province.

Meanwhile NDCC also reported that 500 to 600 passengers were stranded at the Port of Batangas and who were bound for the island provinces of Romblon, Palawan and Masbate. 205 passengers were also reported stranded in Calapan Port in Oriental Mindoro due to cancellation of trips.

The NDCC report said floods have also been reported in the Nueva Vizcaya towns of Bambang, Bagabag and Solano.
The country's weather bureau announced late Thursday that Typhoon "Emong" (international codename Chan-hom) has made landfall in Northern Pangasinan with sustained winds of 150 kilopmeter per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

In its 11 p.m. bulletin, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) said however that it expects the typhoon “to weaken after crossing Cordillera Mountains.”

PAGASA said the typhoon was in the vicinity of La Union as of 10 p.m. and traveling at 19 kph in a northeast direction.

It said it expects the typhoon to be 250 kilometers east northeast of Tuguegarao City or 210 kilometers southeast of Basco, Batanes by Friday evening.

Storm Signal Number 3 remains hoisted over Pangasinan, Northern Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Kalinga, Apayao and Abra.

Storm Signal Number 2 meanwhile remains hoisted over the rest of Zambales, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Quirino, Isabela, Cagayan, Babuyan and Batanes.

In Metro Manila, PAGASA said Storm Signal Number remains hoisted along with Lubang Island, Bataan, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Northern Quezon and Aurora.

PAGASA reminded residents in low lying areas and near mountain slopes to take all the necessary precautions against possible flashfloods and landslides. Those living in coastal areas under storm signals number 2 and number 3 were reminded to be on alert against big waves or storm surges generated by this typhoon.

The next PAGASA bulletin is set to be issued at 5 a.m. Friday.

The National Disaster Coordinating Council meanwhile in its 6:30 p.m. report Thursday said that landslide incidents occurred in four sitios of Barangay Kalaklan in Olongapo City which resulted in two persons injured.