Philippine Typhoon Juaning
July 27, 2011 by staff
Philippine Typhoon Juaning, Tropical Storm Juaning (Nock-ten), which now threatens northern Luzon, and that changed the course by noon on Wednesday. The Filipino Services Administration Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) said the storm no longer poses a direct threat to the city of Manila and its potential to intensify into a typhoon has become thinner than previous forecasts.
“Pinag-po ang MGA Namin iingat nasa northern Luzon Dahil ang sunod na po KO tatam ng bagyo,” said Under Secretary for Science and Technology Graciano Yumul in an interview with GMA News TV “Balitanghali” noon Wednesday.
In its weather forecast 11 am, PAGASA said Juaning “slightly heightened” before making landfall in Casiguran, Aurora Wednesday morning. But Yumul assured the public that the storm is unlikely to be very strong as it moved northwest at 15 kph.
Juaning was spotted 40 kilometers southwest of Casiguran in Aurora, maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gusts of 120 kilometers per hour.
Juaning is expected to cross-northern Luzon, Wednesday, and will be 160 kilometers west southwest of Laoag City Thursday morning. On Friday morning, which is 660 km west of Basco, Batanes.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said the number of areas placed under Storm Signal No. 2 has risen to 22 as the storm moves northward.
As of Sunday, July 24 Regional Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) in Region 1 has alerted all its members, response agencies, and DRRMCs (provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays).
Office of Civil Defense Director Andrew Alex Uy, chairman of the RDRRMC1 said, “our goal is zero casualties and the focus of our efforts must be proactive actions – that’s the time to rescue evacuation.”
RDRRMC1 recent report revealed that from 5 am today, the additional assets pre-positioned in Pangasinan, which is expected to be achieved by ‘Juaning “tropical storm tonight to increase the potential emergency response operations to deployed before.
Philippine Navy (PN), two (2) new disaster response team (DRT) with two (2) rubber boats and one (1) M35 Bonu truck detachment was deployed in PN.
Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) added two (2) Water Search and Rescue (WaSAR) teams with rubber boats, one (1) medical equipment and one (1) M35 now on track Sual Guard detachment, in addition previous activation of all district operations centers in each province has rubber boats.
Constant reminder to all fishers and other small marine vessels not to venture out into the sea due to the threat of large waves were responsible for PCG, with the participation of local leaders, the Philippine Information Agency playing a jet news text and media.
The Department of public works and Highways (DPWH) also activated its operations center and district disaster action teams with maintenance crews on alert.
The Highways Agency also pre-positioned resources in all provinces have dump trucks, loaders payment, Mighty Mite (Payloader-dozer), road graders, service vehicles, labor, chainsaw, bulldozer and other vital equipment for the cleaning of roads.
The Office of Emergency Response Teams Fire also on alert with their fire trucks and manpower on standby. It has four (4) rubber boats on stand-by located in the city of Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Naguilian La Union, Urdaneta City in Pangasinan and Rosales.
About 49 rubber boats, 6 (six) speedboats, one (1) banking engine, and two (2) boats of the Philippine National Police were strategically pre-positioned in each province for possible relief operations, rescue and rehabilitation.
The AFP Oplan Saranay ‘, a tool in the mobilization of the AFP in response to disasters is waiting for a (1) North of the aircraft, nine (9) M35 trucks, 2 tractor trailers, one (1) ambulance, three (3) Navy patrol boats, one (1) Navy patrol boat force, and four (4) rubber boats.
The Department of Health and all of the Philippine Red Cross in all the provinces are in the 24-hour alert status ready with their equipment, resources and medical personnel.
Provincial DRRMCs La Union and Pangasinan out this morning an emergency meeting to refine the preparation for the attack “Juaning ‘typhoon. (JCR 1-PIA La Union)
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