LAOAG CITY -– Due to heightened alert over typhoon “Ferdie” (international name Meranti), the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMRC) in Ilocos Norte has advised fishers to avoid going out to the sea for any fishing activity.
The PDRRMRC immediately convened on September 12 following the state weather bureau’s bulletin placing Ilocos Norte under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 along with Cagayan, Northern Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, and Abra.
Upon the pronouncement of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) at 5:00 pm on Monday, the resiliency desk issued an order to the local government units (LGUs) in the coastal areas here to monitor and prohibit fishing until “Ferdie” is out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
The directive is to ensure safety of fisher folks and part of the disaster preparedness to avoid casualty and missing reports.
Ilocos Norte had experienced intermittent strong rains on Monday afternoon but calm with cloudy skies on Tuesday.
As of 8:00 am today, typhoon Ferdie has sustained a maximum winds of up to 215 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 250 kph moving West Northwest.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal no. 3 has been raised in Batanes, Signal No. 2 in Northern Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands, Signal No. 1 in the rest of Cagayan, Northern Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra, and Ilocos Norte.
Typhoon Ferdie is expected to exit PAR on Thursday, 625 kilometers northwest of Itbayat, Batanes. PNA/northboundasia.com