Typhoon Parma threatens Philippines: Govt. admits helplessness

October 2, 2009 § Leave a comment

satelliteThe Philippine government convened its crisis committee this morning, and the palace spokesperson Anthony Golez admits that if a similar calamity hits home by today or tomorrow, government resources would surely be deficient in addressing problems. Talk about buoying our hopes here in the Philippines.

Typhoon Parma, which is expected to hit some parts of Northern and Central Luzon by tomorrow morning, could further inundate huge portions of the Philippine island by tomorrow, says the Joint Typhoon Warning Center of the US Military.

Parma (locally known here as Typhoon Pepeng) is expected to be 230 miles east of Clark air field in Pampanga and Manila, packing winds of up to 170 miles per hour and 200 miles per minute at the center.

Yesterday, Typhoon Parma has been elevated into a Category 5 hurricane, the highest category for a super typhoon. Category 5 hurricanes packs winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour. The super typhoon could bring more heavy rainfall. Weather forecasters however, predict that it is likely that the Philippines could avoid Parma’s full strength.

PAGASA forecast of Typhoon Pepeng's path

PAGASA forecast of Typhoon Pepeng's path

According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Administration (PAGASA), the super typhoon is now 270 kilometers east of Virac Catanduanes.With maximum sustained winds of up to 195 kilometers per hour with gustiness of up to 230 kph, Typhoon Pepeng (Parma) is, by far, the strongest typhoon ever to hit the Philippines.

Signal number 2 has been hoisted over Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Aurora province, Northern Quezon and Pulilio islands. Signal number 1 covers Ilocos Norte,Ilocos Sur,Abra,Apayao,Kalinga, Cagayan,Babuyan Islands,Isabela, Mt. province,Ifugao,Benguet,La Union,Nueva Vizcaya,Quirino,Pangasinan,Nueva Ecija,Tarlac,Zambales,Pampanga,Bulacan,Rizal,Southern Quezon,Camarines Sur, Albay,Sorsogon,and Burias Island.

typhoonpharmaNo storm signal has been raised in Metro Manila, yet the entire metropolis has been prepared for the eventual arrival of the super typhoon. The entire country has been alerted to its highest levels, says the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC).

PAGASA says they are poised to declare Typhoon signal no. 4 by tomorrow. According to PAGASA, a storm signal number 4 means that the affected areas may be directly hit by the eye of the storm.

Tomorrow, the super typhoon is expected to be at 90 kilometers Northeast of Casiguran Aurora in the morning and is expected to make landfall at the Aurora-Isabela area. On Sunday morning, the super typhoon will hit Laoag City, and would probably exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Monday morning.

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