Cordillera RDRRMC on high alert as ‘Carina’ threatens northern Luzon

BAGUIO CITY — Authorities in the Cordillera Rgion are on high alert as tropical storm ‘Carina’ is expected to bring stormy weather over northern Luzon.

With this, the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) is closely monitoring the provincial, municipal and city DRRMCs for any developments especially in landslide and flood prone areas.

Meanwhile, the Department of Public Works and Highways – Cordillera Regional Office (DPWH-CAR) reported that all major highways remain open.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – Cordillera Regional Office (DSWD-CAR) reported that the agency prepared about 48,000 food packs available for distribution in all its provincial field offices.

The Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) rescue units were activated for any emergency calls.

‘Carina’ has intensified into a tropical storm on Saturday night while making its way towards northern Luzon.

Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected in areas within the 400-kilometer diameter of the storm.

Fisherfolks are alerted against rough to very rough seas over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon.

Areas under tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS) 1 and 2, the rest of Central and of Northern Luzon and the provinces of Quezon and Camarines Norte are alerted against moderate to heavy rains which may trigger flash floods and landslides.

At 4:00 a.m. Sunday, the center of TS “Carina” was estimated based on all available data at 205 km East of Casiguran, Aurora(16.9°N, 123.9°E) with a maximum sustained winds of up to 85 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph moving Northwest at 20 kph.

TCWS 1 is now hoisted over Ifugao, Benguet including Baguio City, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Mountain Province, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Aurora.

TCWS 2 over Isabela, Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra and Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands. PNA/ northboundasia.com