Showing posts with label Weather. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Weather. Show all posts

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pepeng could be super-typhoon, New Typhoon in October 2009 Philippines

Major dams to release water for buffer storage
MANILA - Weather bureau PAGASA on Thursday said typhoon Pepeng (international codename Parma) is forecast to bring more rains and very strong winds in Northern Luzon including Metro Manila once it makes landfall Saturday afternoon.

"There is a big possibility that it will become a supertyphoon. This is a very strong storm, packing winds of 175 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 210 kph. Most likely it will make landfall in the afternoon of Saturday. That is when it is most critical," Nathaniel Cruz, PAGASA director for operations, said in a press briefing.

Cruz said Pepeng is much stronger than last Saturday's tropical storm Ondoy (international codename Ketsana), which brought record amounts of rainfall and triggered the worst flooding in Metro Manila in 40 years.
"In terms of wind intensity, Ondoy was only half of the strength of Pepeng. When it made landfall, Ondoy only had winds of 85 kph while Pepeng is 175 kph. However, we cannot really compare the two because it was the rain that was really destructive about Ondoy," he said.
He added: "Our major concern with Pepeng is the disastrous winds - 175 kph to 210 kph. We expect typhoon Pepeng to intensify further as it moves towards northern Luzon."
He said the weather bureau will give a forecast on the typhoon's estimated rainfall intensity before it makes landfall.

As of 10 a.m., the new typhoon was sighted 520 km east of Borongan, Eastern Samar and is moving 24 kilometers per hour in the general direction of Northern Luzon and the Taiwan area.
Cruz said the typhoon is forecast to make landfall over Aurora-Isabela by Saturday morning. It said the typhoon will bring occasional rains over the eastern section of Luzon and Visayas and more frequent rains in Samar and Bicol Thursday afternoon.
Storm Signal no.1 remains hoisted in  Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes, he added.

Similar to 'Reming'
Cruz also likened typhoon Pepeng to super-typhoon Reming (international codename Durian), which killed at least 734 people in the country in 2006.
"This could be like Reming. We are not just talking here about Metro Manila. We are talking of the entire Luzon area where there is probability of devastation in terms of flooding...and wind," he said.
Dr. Susan Espinueva, assistant weather services chief of the Hydro Metrological Division of PAGASA, said major dams in Northern Luzon will be releasing water today until Friday before Pepeng hits.
"All major dams in Northen Luzon wll be releasing water to lower the water level so that when the storm hits, there will be a buffer of storage capacity in our dams and the spillover will not be as severe,' she said.

The government has started preparing more evacuation centers as it anticipates more people to be displaced by the new storm.
Disaster officials fear more rains spawned by the typhoon could trigger another massive flood as streets and drainage systems remain clogged from the tons of debris left by the previous deluge caused by tropical storm Ondoy (international codename Ketsana).
As of 6 a.m., the National Disaster Coordinating Council said more than half a million families of 2.50 million individuals have been affected by Ondoy in 11 regions, including Metro Manila and the Calabarzon area in southern Luzon.

It said that a total of 686,699 people are now staying in 726 evacuation centers. It said Ondoy’s death toll has reached 277 and 42 were still missing.

The storm, which also devastated Vietnam and Cambodia, damaged crops and infrastructure worth at least P4.80 billion. as of 10/01/2009 12:52 PM


Monday, September 28, 2009

What to do in case of Flooding?

From the Philippine Cinema mailing list:

Preparations we can make

Ondoy is moving out, but has invited another storm in, by the looks of things. People, we're in for the long haul if the worst happens. Ondoy caught us off guard, but we have a small window of time in which to brace for another round of heavy rains.
Here is what we can do:

1) Stock up on candles, battery-operated lamps, canned and dried food and potable drinking water. The rule of thumb is to have enough for at least five days. This is your first stockpile, a lay-away plan for if you get stranded at home and away from help. If you cannot do this, cook what raw food you have in a manner that will preserve the food for a few days without refrigeration: adobo, dry fried and roasted foods are the best for this purpose. Pack these victuals in clean plastic containers as your contingency food. Also have bread and crackers at the ready, as these travel and keep well, too.

2) Always extinguish candles or gas lamps if you are going to sleep. Safety first, at all times.

3) If you have a transistor radio or a radio capable of receiving the AM band, keep it on and listen to it. The earliest warnings from government are broadcast over radio, not TV or the internet. Also keep an eye out on signs from your environment that indicate you need to evacuate, such as rising floods in low areas and small but frequent landslides at higher elevations.

4) Set up a communications system with loved ones and friends by putting their numbers in your speed dial directories for one-touch connectivity. Have pre-arranged meeting places and times if you must leave home.

5) Find out from your local officials or community leaders where the evacuation area closest to you is located and plan the quickest and safest route there in advance. If your community officials haven't planned anything yet, ask them to make plans or make plans with them.

6) Make sure you include any contingencies needed to accommodate infants, small children, the sick, elderly and infirm in community preparations. If you must spearhead the community efforts, do it. There is no time to pass the buck.

7) Pack your bags in case you must evacuate. Pack only the bare essentials, some clothing, dried and canned foods, potable water, medicines you may need and first-aid kits, flashlights and spare batteries, communications devices like laptops, WiFi dongles and mobile phones. Pack your electronics, spare batteries and your medications in zip-lock or sealed plastic bags to protect them from the weather and conserve batteries as much as possible. Try to keep your mobile devices well-charged.

8) Have these survival packs at the ready so you can just pick-up and go, saving you precious time. Nature is not patient when she rages. Bring only what you can carry and organize who in your group brings the items on your list so nobody is bogged down too much.

9) If orders for evacuation are broadcast, do not delay. Instead, grab your contingency bags and go to your pre-arranged evacuation area. Human life is still more important than any possessions, so save your skin first and worry about what you leave behind later.

10) Once you reach your evacuation site, settle yourself and your kin down and find out how you can help those who have yet to arrive.
Here is what you are most likely to need should another round of floods hit:

1) Vital medicines and a first-aid kit.
2) Food (preferably dried, as that is lighter) and potable water
3) Flashlights, matches, candles or lamps
4) Clothing
5) Communications devices
6) umbrellas, raincoats or other rain gear
7) Slippers or other footwear

Anything else is not considered essential and should be left behind if the weight of the pack will hamper your movement.

Remember to be ready to move quickly and decisively when and if you need to. Homes can be rebuilt. Lost lives cannot be restored. Knowing what to do helps cut down the risk posed by a calamity, so please share this to help others prepare.

God bless all of us and keep us safe.

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