Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fury of Typhoon Pedring

On September 27, Typhoon Pedring (International Name: NESAT) struck the Philippines with a maximum sustained wind speed of 194 kilometer per hour (121 mph). The typhoon pounded the Luzon region of the Philippines triggering flash floods, cutting power and halting daily activity in the capital Manila.

Satellite image of typhoon Pedring
As early as Monday evening, the Department of Education announced that all classes from elementary to high school in Metro Manila on Tuesday have been suspended. Likewise, the Commission on Higher Education announced that all classes in both undergraduate and graduate levels have been suspended in Metro Manila.

Residents of Manila had no other choice but to wade through waist-deep floodwater, dodging branches and flying debris as the typhoon sent surging waves as tall as palm trees over seawalls.

Nearly 37% of the electric service area was left without power after high winds and heavy rains toppled power lines. Extremely high storm surges brought by typhoon Pedring crashed over seawalls, flooding hospitals, hotels and the US Embassy in Manila.

Typhoon Pedring made its landfall early Tuesday morning in Casiguran, Aurora.

Public Storm Signal No. 3 was hoisted over Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, and Northern Quezon, including Polillo Island, Aurora, Quirino, and Isabela. Those areas experienced winds of 101-185 kilometers per hour within an 18-hour span.

Track of typhoon Pedring

Metro Manila was placed under Public Storm Signal No. 2. The other areas under Public Storm Signal No 2 were Albay, Burias Island, Sorsogon, the rest of Quezon, Rizal, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Benguet, Mt. Province, Kalinga, and Cagayan.

WV Imagery of typhoon Pedring as it makes landfall 

Public Storm Signal No. 1 was raised over Ticao Island, Masbate, Marinduque, Batangas, Cavite, Bataan, Pampanga, Zambales, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Apayao, and the Calayan and Babuyan group of islands.

Typhoon Pedring intensified further as it makes its way towards land. It had a maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometer per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kilometer per hour. PAGASA, the Philippines’ local weather bureau estimated the rainfall amount was from 15 to 25 millimeter per hour within the typhoon's 650 kilometer diameter.

High storm surges crashing over the seawalls

Typhoon Pedring was the most powerful tropical cyclone to directly affect the Philippines during the 2011 Pacific typhoon season. It was the 16th named storm, and the 11th severe tropical storm to impact the Philippines.

Aerial shot of Roxas Blvd. showing high storm surges

The aftermath of typhoon Pedring

Photo Credits: Wikipedia

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