MANILA, Philippines?Typhoon Pepeng (international name: Parma) has slowed down and remained almost stationary over northern Luzon as of Sunday morning, but has been bringing strong winds and heavy rains in several provinces in the region, the weather bureau said.
Nathaniel Cruz, head of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), said at a press briefing that Pepeng might remain in the affected provinces for the next two to three days.
"That is not good news because the typhoon will be in one place only. It may weaken but remaining stationary has a different effect on the affected areas," Cruz told reporters.
For one, having continuous rains would result in more flooding and landslides, the weather bureau official explained.
Cruz said that gustiness at 140 kilometers per hour would uproot trees and electrical posts and could damage houses made of nipa and cogon and other structures of light to medium construction.
Cruz said that Pepeng's interaction with another typhoon (international codename: Melor), which was spotted over the Pacific Ocean has been keeping the weather disturbance "almost stationary" over northern Luzon.
As of 10 a.m., Pepeng was moving 80 kilometers north northwest of Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, packing maximum winds of 120 kilometers per hour with gustiness of 150 kilometers per hour.
On the other hand, Typhoon Melor has maximum sustained winds of 220 kilometers per hour and was 2,000 kilometers away from the Philippine area of responsibility as of Sunday morning.
Cruz said that while Melor was heading toward the country and might enter its area of responsibility on Monday, it would not likely make landfall and would hardly be felt in the country in its move toward Japan.
Public Storm Signal number 1 remains hoisted over Ilocos Norte, Apayao, the Batanes Group of Islands, Northern Cagayan, including Babuyan and Calayan Islands.
Signal No. 2 is up in Ilocos Sur, Abra, Kalinga, and the rest of Cagayan.
Signal No. 1 is raised over La Union, Benguet, Mt. Province, and Northern Isabela.
Cruz said better weather could be expected in Metro Manila for the rest of the week.
The capital will experience cloudiness and occasional rains, according to Cruz.
Cities in Metro Manila are still recovering from the onslaught of tropical storm Ondoy that dumped a record-breaking amount of rainfall last September 26, causing massive flooding and killing nearly 300 people.