'Pepeng' weakens after traversing Ilocos Norte

October 6, 2009 10:37 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 7 — Tropical storm "Pepeng" (international name Parma) has weakened after it traversed Ilocos Norte and is now over Sicapao, Apayao.

Now with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph (kilometer per hour) near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph, the howler at 4 am Wednesday is at 60 kms East Southeast of Laoag City and slowly moving South Southeast slowly.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), Pepeng will be 60 kms East Southeast of Vigan, Ilocos Sur by Thursday morning and 70 kms South Southwest of Vigan, Ilocos Sur Friday morning.

By Saturday morning, Pagasa said the storm, which slammed Luzon for second time, is 150 kms West Southwest of Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

The weather bureau said areas still under public storm warning signal number 2 are Batanes Group of Island, Cagayan, Babuyan Island, Calayan Island, Ilocos Norte. Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur and Mountain Province.

These areas, according to Pagasa, will have 60 to 100 kph winds.

Areas under signal number 1 are La Union, Benguet, Ifugao, Isabela, Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino. They will have 30-60 kph winds.

Pagasa continue to advise residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes under signals numbers 2 and 1 are advised to take all the necessary precautionary measures against flashfloods and landslides.

It said those living along the coast in areas under signals 2 are advised to be on alert against big waves generated by the tropical storm. (PNA)

ALM/FFC

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