(Pepeng Update) ‘Pepeng’ whips northern Luzon with strong winds, heavy rains

October 3, 2009 4:35 pm 

MANILA, Oct 3 — Typhoon Pepeng clobbered Aparri and surrounding areas in Cagayan with intense windforce and heavy rains, after making landfall around 3 p.m. Saturday.

"It will continue to sweep Cagayan across the Ilocos Region tonight so we urge residents along these areas to seek shelter, or to higher grounds," Nathaniel Cruz, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration weather branch chief said.

Pepeng will sweep across the provinces in northern Luzon including Ilocos Provinces, Kalinga Apayao, Cagayan, Abra, Mountain Province, and Ifugao where inclement weather can be expected in another 12 hours, he said.

Extreme northern Luzon will likewise experience the same weather.

Radio reports said Pepeng has already caused massive power cut off in Tugegarao and Isabela while phone lines have been unavailable since Saturday morning.

Radio reports also said that roofs were flying everywhere that many trees were uprooted.

As of 4:00 p.m., the eye of Pepeng was spotted 40 kms Northeast of Tuguegarao City, still packing strong winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph.

It accelerated West Northwest at 15 kph.

The typhoon moved slowly as it made landfall, traversing the edge of Cagayan to the other side in Ilocos Norte, which were considered as risk areas due to their exposure to rough winds until tomorrow, Cruz said.

Signal No.3, or winds of 100-185 kph, has been raised over Batanes group of islands, Cagayan, Babuyan and Calayan Island, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, and Northern Isabela

Signal number 2 remained hoisted over the rest of Isabela, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcay, Benguet and La Union.

Signal number 1 was raised over Quirino, Aurora, Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan

Residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes under signals number 3, 2 and 1 were advised to take all the necessary precautionary measures against possible flashfloods and landslides, the Pagasa said.

Those living along the coast in areas under signal number 2 and 3 were advised to be alert against big waves generated by the typhoon, Pagasa said.

Cruz said Metro Manila was spared even from peripheral heavy rains at the height of Pepeng due to the weakening of the southwest monsoon.

Cruz, meanwhile, said that the other storm, which is internationally named Melor, remained too far to affect the country.

Melor's latitude also climbed slightly upward and tracks northeastward to the direction of Southern Japan, which may no longer be a threat to the country. (PNA)

RMA/MPC

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