‘Lando’ still endangers northern, central Luzon

‘Lando’ still endangers northern, central Luzon

MANILA — Government expects typhoon ‘Lando’ (international name ‘Koppu’) to further pose threats of flash floods, landslides, rough seas and storm surges in northern and central Luzon.

State weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) linked such threats to downpour and winds expected from ‘Lando.’

In its 11 a.m. severe weather bulletin released Monday (Oct. 19), PAGASA warned of heavy to intense rainfall within the 600-kilometer diameter of ‘Lando.’

‘Lando’ maintained its strength and packed maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near its center and gustiness of up to 150 kph, PAGASA also said.

PAGASA located ‘Lando’ at 20 km west of Ilocos Sur province’s Vigan City.

Government already raised public storm warning signal (PSWS) 2 over Ilocos Sur, Apayao, Calayan and Babuyan island groups as well as Benguet, Cagayan, La Union, Ilocos Norte, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Kalinga and Abra provinces.

Stormy weather will prevail in such Northern Luzon areas which can expect winds of 61 kph to 120 kph, PAGASA noted.

Between 30 kph to 60 kph of winds can be expected in Northern Luzon’s Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Aurora, Isabela and Batanes provinces as well as Central Luzon’s Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan and Nueva Ecija provinces all of which are already under PSWS 1.

“Occasional rains and gusty winds will be experienced over provinces under PSWS 1,” said PAGASA.

PAGASA urged people in low-lying and mountainous areas of provinces under both PSWSs to guard against possible flash floods and landslides there.

Storm surge may reach up to two meters in provinces affected by ‘Lando,’ PAGASA also warned.

The agency likewise cautioned against venturing into seas of Luzon and the Visayas, expecting rough conditions there.

On Monday, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported ‘Lando’ already affected some 4,892 families or 20,492 persons in regions I, II, III, IV-A, V and Cordillera Administrative Region.

“Of such number, 1,830 families or 6,776 persons were pre-emptively evacuated,” noted NDRRMC.

NDRRMC also reported monitoring on Sunday (Oct. 18) a total15 flooding incidents in Pangasinan, isabela, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac and Bulacan.

Two persons died during onslaught of ‘Lando’ while five others sustained injuries, NDRRMC said further.

‘Lando’ will likely move north-northeast at 5 kph, said PAGASA.

PAGASA expects ‘Lando’ to be in the vicinity of Cagayan province’s Claveria municipality by Tuesday morning.

By Wednesday morning (Oct. 21), PAGASA said ‘Lando’ will already be some 40 km north-northeast of Calayan municipality also in Cagayan.

The typhoon will trek northwards and be about 20 km south of Batanes’ Itbayat municipality by Thursday morning, PAGASA added. (PNA)