As Typhoon “Pedring” (international name: Nesat) moved away from the Philippines, another tropical storm drew nearer on Wednesday — “Nalgae” to be named “Quiel” when it enters the country’s territory.
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said “Pedring” was about 380 kilometers (km) west-northwest of Baguio City as of 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
On the other hand, tropical storm “Nalgae” was spotted at 1,350 km east of Northern Luzon.
On its 11:00 a.m. advisory on Wednesday, PAGASA said “Pedring” may still bring 15 to 25 millimeters (mm) per hour of rain within its 650-km diameter.
It added that “Pedring” had maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph. It was forecasted to move west-northwest at 19 kph.
By Thursday morning, it is expected to be 910 km west-northwest of Baguio City.
The areas that remain under Storm Signal No. 1 are Zambales, La Union, and Pangasinan. Public storm warning signals elsewhere had been removed.
The typhoon is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and bring rain especially to the Western Luzon area.
PAGASA reminded residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under storm signals to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.
It also reminded those living in coastal areas to be alert against big waves or storm surges.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said Quiel is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Resposibility (PAR) within the next 24 hours, it added.
Should “Nalgae” enter Philippine territory, it will be locally named “Quiel.”
Effects of “Pedring”
Meanwhile, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on its 6:00 a.m. advisory on Wednesday that “Pedring” affected 349 barangays in the 22 provinces of:
Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and
National Capital Region (NCR).
In Metro Manila, “Pedring” affected 35,273 families (or 171,570 persons).
As “Pedring” battered Luzon, 18 people died, 13 were injured, 108 were rescued while 35 are still missing, the NDRRMC said.
Initial estimates show that the damage “Pedring” brought to 46 school buildings cost about P84,060,000.
Damage to agriculture was estimated at P16,204,840.63, the NDRRMC said. – RJMD/VVP, GMA News