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Latest News Philippines: ‘SUPER STORM’ – Journal.com.ph:

MALACAÑANG yesterday said all preparations had been made as typhoon Labuyo (international codename Utor), which has the makings of a super storm, roared towards Northern Luzon and is expected to make landfall within 24 hours.

In a press briefing yesterday aired over government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte called on local government units in the path of the weather disturbance to prepare the necessary calamity reaction units.

“Nakahanda na po ang NDRRMC (National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council) at ang mga kawani ng pamahalaan para tumulong o magbigay ng ayuda doon sa mga area na kakailanganin,” Valte said.

“So maghanda tayong lahat para maiwasan natin ang aberya,” she added.

Valte also said that the NDRRMC already is on red alert and storm signals are up.

She also said that all the relief goods have been prepositioned in areas to be affected by storm Labuyo while the Coast Guard is strictly monitoring sea travel. She reminded the public to be well prepared for the coming storm.

Meanwhile at least 2,270 passengers were stranded in ports in Bicol due to bad weather conditions brought by typhoon Labuyo, the Office of Civil Defense in Region 5 said yesterday.

OCD-5 head Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro IV said most of the 2,270 were bound for Visayas and Mindanao

Also yesterday, 33 fishermen were reported missing in Catanduanes.

Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Region 5 director Bernardo Alejandro said the 33 fishermen had not been accounted for since August 8.

Floods, landslides alert

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has alerted residents in low-lying and mountainous areas most especially those under storm signals from flashfloods and landslides as tropical storm Labuyo continues to pose a threat over Eastern Luzon while heading to Aurora province.

Bringing an estimated rainfall amount from 7.5 – 25 mm per hour classified as heavy to intense, within the 600 kilometer diameter, “Labuyo” is expected in Casiguran, Aurora this morning.

In its 11 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said that the 12th typhoon to enter the country placed 40 areas under storm signals, seven of them under storm signal number 3.

These are Catanduanes, Camarines provinces, Northern Quezon province including Polilio Island, Aurora and Isabela.

PAGASA hoisted signal number 2 in Albay, Sorsogon, Rizal, rest of Quezon, Laguna, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Quirino, Nueva Viscaya, Benguet, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Kalinga and Cagayan.

Metro Manila is among those placed under signal number 1 along with Calayan Group of Islands, Babuyan Group of Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Apayao, Abra, La Union, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Marinduque, Burias,  Ticao Islands and Northern Samar

As of 10 a.m. yesterday, “Labuyo” was 160 km northeast of Virac, Cantanduanes or 270 km east northeast of Daet, Camarines Norte.

It was packing winds of maximum 150 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of 185 kph while moving towards West Northwest at 19 kph.

“Labuyo” will be in the vicinity of Casiguran, Aurora this morning and 270 km Northwest of Sinait, Ilocos Norte by Tuesday.

Expected to enhance the Southwest Monsoon, “Labuyo” makes sea travel risky at the seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, PAGASA warned.

Those living in coastal areas under storm signals are also advised to be vigilant against storm surges.

EMontano, Joel dela Torre


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