Posted by Michille on 30th November 2006
General Santos City (30 November) — Despite the good weather and warm climate the “Generals” are experiencing here, classes in all levels are suspended since yesterday in several provinces of Luzon, and a number of passengers were stranded after a tropical storm “Reming” was upgraded into a typhoon and threatens to hit Metro Manila on Friday, according to reports from Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA).
In a statement, Science and Technology Undersecretary Graciano Yumul of the PAG-ASA warned that “Reming” could further intensify into a super typhoon if it reaches 185 kph like “Milenyo,” and may even overshadow “Milenyo” which thumped the country few months ago and left at least 200 dead.
But unlike “Milenyo” which only packed winds of up to 175 kilometers per hour, he said “Reming” could go as high as 185 kph. As of late afternoon yesterday, “Reming” was already churning winds clocked at 190 kph and gusts of up to 225 kph.
Moreover, National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) deputy chairman Antonio Golez in a press briefing yesterday said, the NDCC “have already alerted all local government units (LGUs) and other agencies in charge of basic services.”
The early advisories of PAGASA, he said, prompted the NDCC to issue the warning to all regional offices of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC), agencies like the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, in General Santos City, Action Officer Ephraim Beliran of the City Disaster Coordinating Council declared, “Gensan is not affected by the super typhoon “Reming,” so there is no reason for panic or worry.
Ironically, the CDCC is more worried of the “lack of rain,” and the tropical temperature in the City, which triggered several cases of grassfires that were responded by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
We have not received any advisory that our place would be affected by the super typhoon “Reming,” thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why we are very lucky here. In fact, we are praying for rain here for the benefit of our farmers and to eliminate cases of grass fires,” he disclosed. (PIA-SarGen)
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