Petilla: Expect power outages in Ruby-affected areas

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 05 2014 12:26 PM | Updated as of Dec 05 2014 11:36 PM

MANILA - Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said residents of areas in the path of typhoon "Ruby" should expect some power outages.

In an interview on ANC on Friday, Petilla said government and oil firms have already pre-positioned and secured fuel supply in many areas based on a worst case scenario.

He, however, also pointed out that authorities are still expecting damage to power plants and lines from Ruby.

The typhoon is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour.

"We are assessing both situations that it's gonna hit Visayas and it's gonna hit Luzon. My problem is if it hits Luzon, a lot of our power plants are in Batangas and Bataan," Petilla said.

"If it hits Visayas, we have to understand that since Yolanda, we put up the lines but these are temporary lines. Our assessment is that it's not going to withstand anything beyond 180 kph," he added.

Petilla appealed to residents and evacuees for patience and cooperation since the power outages may last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks depending on the damage. -- ANC