Signal No. 3 up in Eastern Luzon–Pagasa


PAGASA-DOST MTSAT-EIR Satellite Image for 8 p.m., 26 September 2011

MANILA,Philippines – Signal No. 3 has been raised over several provinces in Eastern Luzon and signal 2 over Metro Manila as typhoon “Pedring” (international name: Nesat) intensified further, the state weather bureau said Monday.

In its latest weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that Pedring was seen 260 km east southeast of Casiguran, Aurora as of 4 pm. Pedring was packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gusts of up to 160 kph, Pagasa said.

Pedring was forecast to move west northwest at 19 kph.

Signal number 3 was raised over Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Northern Quezon, Polillo Island, Aurora, Quirino and Isabela.

Meanwhile, signal number 2 has been raised over Metro Manila and the provinces of Albay, Burias Island, Sorsogon, the rest of Quezon, Rizal, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Benguet, Mt. Province, Kalinga and Cagayan.

Meanwhile, signal number 1 has been raised over Ticao Island, Masbate, Marinduque, Batangas, Cavite, Bataan, Pampanga, Zambales, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Apayao, Northern Samar, Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands.

Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas where storm signals have been raised were warned against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living along coastal areas were alerted against storm surges caused by the typhoon.

Pagasa said that estimated rainfall amount is between 15 to 25 mm per hour within the 650 km diameter of Pedring.

Pedring is also expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and will bring scattered to widespread rains over Southern Luzon and Visayas, the state-run weather bureau said.

Strong rains and winds were expected to be felt throughout Luzon from Monday night up to Tuesday morning.

Pagasa administrator, Nathaniel Servando, said that Pedring was still at sea and continues to intensify but it is not likely to reach Signal no. 4.

Robert Sawi, Pagasa’s chief weather forecaster, has alerted the public to possible, landslides, flash floods, strong winds, storm surges and tornadoes.

Sawi said that Pedring is expected to exit the country through the Ilocos region Wednesday night.

Pedring was forecast to make landfall over Casiguran, Aurora early Tuesday and will be in the vicinity of Baguio City by Tuesday afternoon.

By Wednesday afternoon, Pedring was expected to be 410 km west northwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur and by Thursday afternoon, the typhoon was forecast to be 820 km west northwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur, Pagasa said.

Binga dam and Magat dam were said to have opened their gates and released water as early as Sunday in anticipation of the rains brought by Pedring. They are 0.18 and 1.71 meters, below spilling level, respectively, as of 10AM Monday, Pagasa said.

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  • Anonymous

    Pagasa can predict bad weather. The various media perfunctorily pick this up and disseminate its implications to the public. But where is the Deped and the Ched? Nowhere near. So as usual, kids go to school and upon getting in their respective classes, pops the Deped’s suspension of classes. As usual, too late to have prevented the hassle, the expense, and the risk to the life of the school children in going to and from school. Pagasa should bang on the senses of our public officials from Deped to please make urgent advisories as early as typhoon hazards are spotted. I shudder at the thought of seeing school children involved in fatal typhoon-related accidents. Should that happen, Deped officials are only to blame for their negligence. Parents can file a class suit against those responsible for the death of their children. I urge any lawyer with a civic conscience to help parents on their predicament.

    • Raniv Dawey Rojo

      DepEd has suspended classes

      CHED isn’t responsible for suspending college classes. That decision has long been up to the schools. This is a long-standing CHED policy. 

      • Anonymous

        Raniv Rojo, If “this ( is a ) long-standing  CHED policy” were true, how come the radio stations which i listen to as early as 5 a.m. have been trying to get  Deped officials to call their stations. Meaning to say, these officials are expected to make announcements but are still sleeping prettily while their constituents are anxiously waiting for an advisory. On account of these misgivings on bureaucratic communication, Pagasa, should be the sole authorized agency to issue urgent advisories relating to typhoon hazards to students and the public in general. The “kanya-kanya” school-decision-policy is  subject to bureaucratic abuse and negligence.

    • gerrard

      Speaking of accidents, what about ordinary working folk who endanger themselves trying to get to work in conditions like this? Shouldn’t there be a labor code “emergency annex” or something spelling out guidelines for suspending work for the private sector? I mean its difficult and dangerous enough getting to work on our deadly highways when it isn’t storming, eh pag bumagyo pa kaya?

  • Anonymous

    These typhoons are the cause of making Metro Manila the densely populated in the Philippines since the increase in the number of births is due to the “nothing-to-do-but-this” by the young and good looking husbands and wives. Their options are so limited in following the RH Bill.

    • Pedro

      Non-sense! Papansin! what’s the direct connection of population to the typhoon! in times like this, magdasal na lang tayo. also you miss romylitz, wg ka na lang mgcomment, ipgdasal na lang ang kaligtasan ng kababayan natin! Be safe everyone!

      • Anonymous

        I think yours is more nonsense since you haven’t checked the facts yet to your satisfaction and you’re guilty of hasty generalization fallacy. You’re dictator style of suppressing my freedom of expression , which is guaranteed in our Constitution,seemed to suggest that like Hitler or Marcos, you produced either only one or two kids. Am I right?

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