Pagasa advises public to forego trip

October 29, 2009 10:06 am 

MANILA, Oct. 29 — The weather bureau has advised the public to skip going to province due to the danger to be spawned by typhoon Santi that is seen to pummel Luzon on the eve of All Saints' Day.

"We advise them to forego their trip, especially those who will travel by sea… it would be dangerous to do so," Prisco Nilo, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration administrator said.

He told travelers from Luzon going to Visayas and Mindanao to postpone their trip, adding that land journey may still be safe but not until Friday morning.

"We will start to feel the initial effects of Santi by then," he said.

Santi's eye is nearing the province of Aurora, estimated at 800 kilometers east of capital town of Baler, threatening to batter the area as early as Friday night. The howler is packing winds of 150 kilometers per hour with gustiness of up to 185 kph.

Santi's wind force will generate high waves and rough sea conditions, making it perilous to travel by sea, Nilo said.

He also said some flights may be canceled due to the intensity of the incoming typhoon.

Santi's eye will hit Aurora-Northern Quezon area on Saturday, course through Central Luzon, and then exit via the South China Sea by Sunday.

"There is a possibility we will raise signal number 1 tonight, and higher (storm warning) by tomorrow," Nilo said.

In the next 24 hours, Aurora province, Northern Quezon and Polilio Island will experience deteriorating weather conditions, prompting the Pagasa to raise signal number 2 in the said areas.

Signal number 1 meanwhile is raised over Isabela, Ifugao, Quirino, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, the rest of Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes.

The Pagasa warned the residents along these areas against possible storm surge.

Meanwhile Susan Espinueva, chief of Pagasa's flood forecasting-hydrometeorological division said that they are mulling the releasing of water in reservoirs.

"We might recommend it because with the way things are going, Santi will bring intense rains," she said.

She also said some flooding may occur in Metro Manila and nearby places, but will not be as devastating as the incident spawned by Ondoy. (PNA)



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