'Juan’s' strong winds now being felt in Cagayan

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 17 2010 04:12 PM | Updated as of Oct 18 2010 12:22 AM

CAGAYAN, Philippines – Cagayan province started to feel the strong winds of typhoon Juan on Sunday morning. 

Some villagers were seen fixing the roofs of their houses in Enrile town ahead of the typhoon’s predicted landfall over the province on Monday.

Norma Talosig, regional chief of the Office of Civil Defense, said the weather was still deceptively calm over Cagayan on Sunday, although they expect it to change drastically within the day.

She said residents in low-lying areas as well as those in coastal communities were being advised to move to safer areas and if they refused they would be forcibly evacuated.

"If we have to conduct forced evacuations, we'll do it for their (residents') safety," Talosig said over national radio. "Our main objective is the safety of the community, the safety of the responders."

Sunny weather over parts of Ilocos Norte, meanwhile, allowed many locals to prepare for the typhoon’s expected onslaught.

Residents in flood-prone areas have already brought their belongings to safer places.

Their major concern, however, is the possible damage to their farm produce since they were not able to harvest all of their crops on Saturday.

Rescue teams of the Philippine Goast Guard based in La Union are expected to arrive in Ilocos Norte Sunday afternoon. 

They have been placed on alert. The Coast Guard warned fishermen from venturing out into the sea. 

As of 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Juan was located 430 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration.  

It continues to gain strength and is now packing maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph. – with reports from Julius Camba, ABS-CBN Cagayan Valley; Randy Menor, ABS-CBN Ilocos; Agence France-Presse