'Pepeng' pummels Ilocos provinces, Abra with strong winds, rains

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 04 2009 03:36 PM | Updated as of Oct 05 2009 12:08 AM

Non-stop strong winds of Typhoon Pepeng pummel Ilocos area, October 4, 2009. [Randy Menor, ABS-CBN Laoag]

The provinces of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and Abra have been reported to be suffering form non-stop strong winds and rains due to Typhoon “Pepeng” for several hours now.

A report received by ABS-CBN News said that the three provinces were experiencing the strong winds and rains of the typhoon for 15 hours already.

“Pepeng,” according to state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services, was last recorded at noon Sunday about 80 kilometers (50 miles) at sea northwest of Laoag City in Ilocos Norte province.

PAGASA said it has maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

The state weather agency has forecast the typhoon remain almost stationary.

Public Storm Signal No. 3 has been hoisted over Ilocos Norte while Public Storm Signal No. 2 was raised over Ilocos Sur and Abra as of the 11 a.m. bulletin of PAGASA.

Evacuations

200 families have been reported to have taken shelter in evacuation centers in the towns of Bacarra, Pinili, Bangui and Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte due also to fears of floodings in their areas that may be brought by the rains of “Pepeng.”

100 families meanwhile were evacuated in the towns of Santa and Santo Domingo in Ilocos Sur.

Residents along Mestizo River were also reported to be evacuating to safer areas.

Meanwhile in Vigan City in Ilocos Sur, roofs were reported be flying all aroun while the city’s streets have become flooded, according to an initial report.

There were still no reports of casualties in the three provinces.

The typhoon has brought strong winds and rain to large areas of Luzon, causing flooding, toppling trees and blowing away house roofs.

Power and phone lines remained cut off in many areas on Sunday, although authorities said they had evacuated nearly 170,000 people to safer areas before Parma struck.

The nation is still reeling from massive floods that left 293 dead and affected over 2.5 million last weekend. With reports form ABS-CBN Laoag