OCD-2 alerts Northern Cagayan residents to brace for effects of ‘Julian’

TUGUEGARAO CITY — The Office of Civil Defense Region 2 (OCD-2) on Wednesday advised residents in the northern part of Cagayan to take precautionary measures in anticipation of the onslaught of tropical depression ‘Julian’.

OCD-2 Regional Director Norma Talosig advised residents in the area to brace for the effects of the cyclone such as flashfloods and landslides especially those in low-lying areas and mountain slopes.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) has also deployed rescue teams from police and military to flood-prone areas and pre-positioned relief goods.

PAGASA said in its 5:00 a.m. weather bulletin that the tropical depression’s center was located 720 kilometers (km) east of Calayan, Cagayan (19.0°N, 128.3°E). It has maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 55 kph near the center.

Winds from the cyclone are expected to affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon. With this, fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture into the sea while larger vessels are alerted against big waves.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 was raised over Batanes, Northern Cagayan incuding Babuyan Group of islands, Apayao and Ilocos Norte. PNA-northboundasia.com