Northern provinces brace for Falcon


Posted at Jul 17 2019 07:38 AM | Updated as of Jul 17 2019 10:23 AM

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Disaster officers in Apayao and Batanes said Wednesday that they were on the lookout for landslides and strong winds as tropical storm Falcon maintained its strength and crept closer to the northern provinces. 

Falcon could cause landslides in lower Apayao and damage rice, corn and vegetable fields, said Joefrey Borromeo, head of the province's disaster office. 

"Dati kailangan namin ng tubig, pero ngayon sobra-sobra naman ang tubig dulot ng Bagyong Falcon," he told radio DZMM. 

(Before, we needed water, but now we have so much water due to tropical storm Falcon.) 

Moderate winds meanwhile have started to lash Batanes, which was hit by a brief power outage on Tuesday night, said disaster office OIC Dan Esdicul. 

State weather bureau PAGASA at 5 a.m. raised storm signal no. 2 over Batanes, Apayao and Cagayan including the Babuyan islands, meaning these areas may be whipped by 61 to 120 kph winds in the next 24 hours. 

Falcon has prompted the suspension of Wednesday's classes in several areas. 

Visit the ABS-CBN Weather Center for the latest weather updates. 
DZMM, July 17, 2019