Typhoon Pedring lashes Luzon

by Jojo Malig, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Sep 27 2011 05:49 PM | Updated as of Sep 28 2011 04:09 PM

Location of Typhoon Pedring (Nesat) as of 4pm, September 27. Click to view larger map.

MANILA, Philippines - The eye of Typhoon Pedring (international name Nesat) is now over the West Philippine sea after leaving devastation in its wake in Northern and Central Luzon, state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tuesday afternoon.

The typhoon has maintained its strength and is still packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

The typhoon is also carrying rainfall estimated from between 15 to 25 mm per hour within its 650-kilometer diameter.

"Pedring" was spotted 70 km west-northwest of Baguio City as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to PAGASA.

It is expected to be 450 km west-northwest of Baguio City Wednesday afternoon.

Public storm signal warning number 3 remains hoisted over Ilocos Sur, La Union, Benguet, and Pangasinan.

The 4 provinces are experiencing windspeeds of up to 185 kph.

Meanwhile, signal number 2 is raised over Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Nueva Viscaya, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, and Zambales.

The storm signal in Metro Manila, Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Cagayan, and the Babuyan and Calayan group of islands has been lowered to signal number 1.

"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 advisory.

The typhoon is also expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and will bring scattered to widespread rains over Southern Luzon and Visayas, the weather bureau added.