Typhoon Pedring hits the Philippines

Typhoon Pedring (international name: Nesat) slightly weakened as it crossed northern Luzon this morning. As per GMA News, the weather disturbance was last spotted 100 kilometers east of Baguio City, packing maximum strong winds of 120 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 150 kilometers, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather bulletin released at 11 a.m.  earlier. The typhoon is moving west-northwest at 19 kilometers and is expected to leave the country by Wednesday afternoon.

The wind is so strong and I also broke my umbrella so we decided not to use it and we end up soaking wet. The good thing was it’s my rest day from work so I don’t have to worry how to get there. Classes were suspended today because of the typhoon but there were news earlier that classes will resume by tomorrow as they’re expecting that the weather will be good by then. I pity those people who were outside during the typhoon. Also those who were directly affected by it by flood etc. People were just getting back into their lives after Typhoon Ondoy devastated the Philippines last year and yet here’s another typhoon. It saddened me to know that a number of people died already from this bad weather condition.

This is the Manila Bay from Roxas Boulevard. It’s like there’s a Tsunami.

This is the entry way into the US Embassy Manila.

The floating Embassy

Here’s Malate. The street became raging rivers because of the flooding on the higher Roxas Blvd.

Umbrellas did not stand a chance.

The flooded streets are no joke.

Mall of Asia. It’s situated along Roxas Blvd and winds destroyed part of it.

Because of the strong winds that was experienced prior today, PAGASA raised signal number 2 in Metro Manila. In Valenzuela City, four people—including three children—were reported killed after a wall collapsed over a residential area. National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that the agency is still gathering confirmed casualty counts from its regional offices. Despite this, PAGASA said that only 121.4 millimeters of rainfall were recorded in Quezon City since Tuesday morning. This figure is not even half of the 341 millimeters dumped by Tropical Storm Ondoy over Metro Manila in 2009 during its first six hours.

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) customer assistance coordinator Len Nazario, meanwhile, said that 44 percent of its service area, including portions of Makati and Manila, are currently experiencing power outages after some of the power lines were toppled by strong winds brought by Pedring.

It was also reported that Marikina River already rose by 17 meters, prompting local officials to raise third alarm and evacuate residents near the body of water.

It’s really scary since people doesn’t want to experience the same situation like what was experienced with Typhoon Ondoy so we are praying that the number of casualties wont add up anymore and all the people will be safe from anything.

Here’s a video of the raging waves in Manila Bay at Roxas Blvd.

Disclaimer: Photos are not mine..


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