PAGASA DOST Typhoon Juan Update: Metro Manila and Batangas still under Storm Signal No.1

By on Oct 18, 2010 in Natural Disasters, Science, World Comments

Updated October 20, 2010, 6:30 am.

Read Typhoon Juan Update: Still Storm Signal No 1 in six areas in Northern Luzon.

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According to the PAGASA DOST update as of 6pm of October 18, Typhoon Juan (or Megi) has weakened after crossing the Sierra Madre Mountain before noon today.

However, Cagayan was declared by the Office of Civil Defense Cagayan Valley as under State of Calamity, after the government is expecting heavy damage to the province’s crops, power and communication, top local news said.

In addition, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), this afternoon was reported to have experienced 90% of the communication facilities in Cagayan and Isabela.

NTC spokesman Paolo Arceo was quoted as saying that ‘the damage may take as 5 days to restore them’.

Power has also down in Isabela, as trees and electrical posts were reported to be damaged by the strong winds of Typhoon Juan.

Meanwhile, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) also reported that at least 781 families or 3,687 people had been evacuated, while 274 people remained stranded in major ports, GMA News reported.

A single Cagayan resident was said to have been found dead, who earlier reported to have drowned while Typhoon Juan is battering their area.

According to top local news reports, major roads in Northern Luzon have been reported as not passable such as Kennon Road in Bagiuo City.

For the latest Typhoon Juan update, here is the official statement from PAGASA DOST, as of 6pm, October 18.

As of 6:00 p.m., today (Monday, 18 October 2010), Typhoon Juan was located at 115 kms Southwest of Tuguegarao City 60 km North Northeast of Baguio City (16.9°N, 120.8°E) with maximum sustained winds of 180 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kph.

Forecast movement: West Southwest at 19 kph
Estimated central pressure: 945 hPa

Nevertheless, PAGASA-DOST reduced the Public Storm Signals for Cagayan and Isabela, and no more areas with Storm Signal No. 4, as of 5pm today.

However, Metro Manila, Batangas, and Laguna are only some places that are still under Storm Signal No. 1, also as of 5pm today.

Below is the Storm Signal announcement from PAGASA DOST as of 5pm, October 18

Storm Signal No. 3 (winds from 100 ~ 185 kph)

Nueva Viscaya
Mt. Province
Ilocos Sur
Ilocos Norte
La Union

Storm Signal No. 2 (winds from 60 ~ 100 kph)

Calayan Group
Nueva Ecija

Storm Signal No. 1 (winds from 30 ~ 60 kph)

Northern Quezon
Polillo Island
Metro Manila

The next Storm Signal announcement from PAGASA DOST will be on or before 5am, October 19.

For more latest update of Typhoon Juan, check out DOST PAGASA website or follow them on Twitter, @dost_pagasa.

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