Bagyong Pedring exits Luzon, leaves eight people dead

Typhoon Pedring (international codename Nesat) left a path of destruction and at least eight people dead as it crossed northern Luzon and exited to the West Philippine Sea on Tuesday, officials said. Mass transport was disrupted and millions of residents were left without power as strong winds and incessant rains battered a large swathe of Luzon including Metro Manila, one of the areas placed under Signal No. 2 since Monday afternoon. The Storm Signal over Metro Manila was downgraded to No. 1 as of 5 p.m. Tuesday by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. “Typhoon Nesat pounded the Philippines’ main island, lashing crop-growing provinces and bringing the capital to a near standstill as it flooded roads, cut power supplies and closed financial markets, government offices, transport and schools,” according to a report from Reuters. Eight people, including five children, were killed when the powerful typhoon roared across dozens of provinces within a 650-km radius, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). Storm alerts lowered In its 5 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Typhoon Pedring maintained its strength of 120-kph maximum winds near the center after exiting Luzon’s land mass and was last spotted over the West Philippine Sea. “Pedring” is forecast to leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Wednesday afternoon, PAGASA said. Storm alerts have been lowered in some areas but PAGASA warned that the southwest monsoon would still pose danger to residents in flood- and landslide-prone areas. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Pagasa hoisted the following storm alerts: Signal No. 3 (100-185 kph winds) Ilocos Sur La Union Benguet and Pangasinan Signal No. 2 (60-100 kph winds) Ilocos Norte Abra Apayao Kalinga Mt. Province Ifugao Nueva Vizcaya Nueva Ecija Tarlac and Zambales Signal No. 1 (45-60 kph winds) Babuyan Cagayan including Babuyan and Calayan group of islands Isabela Quirino Aurora Bulacan Pampanga Bataan and Metro Manila The storm will continue to dump up to 25-mm of rain per hour in the worst affected areas. PAGASA said only 121.4 mm of rainfall were recorded in Quezon City since Tuesday morning, less than half of the 341 mm dumped by Tropical Storm Ondoy over Metro Manila in 2009 during its first six hours. — With reports from Andreo Calonzo, Mark Merueñas, and Earl Victor Rosero/PE/YA/VS, GMA News
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