OCD-CAR on red alert due to ‘Julian’

BAGUIO CITY — The Office of Civil Defense – Cordillera Regional Office (OCD-CAR) implemented a red alert status on Wednesday morning in anticipation of the effects of tropical depression ‘Julian’.

With this, the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) directed all Local DRRMCs to take appropriate and proactive actions in preparation for the cyclone’s onslaught.

OCD-CAR director Andrew Alex Uy said, “we have activated our early warning system for massive information dissemination of weather bulletins and preparedness advisories through text blast system and social media accounts.”

Likewise, OCD Cordillera intensified coordination with member agencies of CRDRRMC.

Based on the updated tropical cyclone classification, the impact of signal number one is expected in 36 hours and may possibly bring very light or no damage to low risk structure and light damage to medium to high risk structures, Uy said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced that the low pressure area (LPA) east of Luzon has developed into a tropical depression and was named “Julian”.

PAGASA issued a Severe Weather Bulletin on October 5 enclosing the strength and movement of TD “Julian”.

At 4:00 a.m., ‘Julian’ was located at 720 km east of Calayan, Cagayan with maximum sustained winds of up to 45 kph and gustiness of up to 55 kph near the center.

Estimated amount of rainfall is from moderate to occasionally heavy within the 300km diameter.

It is also forecast to move west northwest at 25 kph.

Tropical cyclone warning signal number one is raised over the provinces of Apayao, Batanes, northern Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands, and Ilocos Norte. Jojo Lamaria/PNA-northboundasia.com