Typhoon Luis hits Northern Luzon

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Typhoon Luis (International name, Kalmaegi) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) as a Tropical Depression 780 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes on Friday, September 12, 2014. It developed into a Tropical Storm packing winds at 65 kph and gustiness of 80 kph as announced by PAGASA at 5:00 PM of the same day. Typhoon Luis made its landfall on Sunday, September 14 at 5:00pm over the boundary of Isabela and Cagayan.

1973359_1474556869487450_777883829447555602_oPublic Storm Warning Signal Number 3 was raised in Abra, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Babuyan and Calayan Group of Islands, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Quirino, and Northern Aurora. PSW Signal Number 2 was also raised in Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, Batanes, Benguet, La Union, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, and Southern Aurora. Catanduanes, Polillo Group of Islands, Tarlac, Bulacan, Pampanga, Zambales, and Northern Quezon were placed in PSW Signal Number 1.

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The said storm also pulled the Habagat (southwest monsoon) closer to Luzon and Visayas causing scattered rainfall in the said island groups. The heavy rains brought by Typhoon Luis, enhanced by Habagat caused flooding in San Miguel Bulacan, Paluan and Calintaan Occidental Mindoro, Culion, Pangasinan, Palawan and Sta. Cruz, Occidental Mindoro. Landslides were also recorded in La Union, Pangasinan, Culion and Palawan as of NDRRMC’s latest report.

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On September 14, the Marikina River water level reached 17 meters around 12:53 am wherein the 3rd alarm was raised meaning evacuation to designated evacuation centers. The Marikina City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office reported 5,133 evacuees from barangay Malanday, Sta. Elena, Nangka and Concepcion Uno.

Orange Rainfall Warning (15-30mm intense rain observed in an hour and expected to continue in the next 2 hours; flooding is threatening) was also raised by PAGASA in Bataan, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Metro Manila, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Rizal, Tarlac, and Zambales.

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Project NOAH sensors also recorded intense to torrential rains in Cagayan and Isabela.

Four casualties were recorded in Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya and Cagayan due to drowning, fallen trees and landslides.

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