Defer trips, authorities tell public in areas hit by Typhoon Santi
Quezon City (31 October) -- Authorities appealed today to the public in areas affected by Typhoon Santi defer their trips to another date.
With maximum sustained winds of 150 kph and gustiness of 185 kph, Santi made landfall last midnight in Quezon Province and the rest of Region 4-A.
Signal No. 3 is hoisted over Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Lubang Island, Metro Manila and Bataan.
Signal No. 2 in Pampanga, Bulacan, Quezon, Polilio Island, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Marinduque, Romblon and the Calamian Group while Signal No. 1 in Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Albay, Burias Island, Northern Palawan and Northern Panay.
The Philippine Coastguard has reported that more than 8,000 passengers are now stranded in different ports in the National Capital Region and in Southern Luzon.
Aside from the PCG, the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police and AFP-NCR Command have assigned units in different areas in Metro Manila.
Strong winds have affected a number of MERALCO power circuits causing brownouts in Tanay, San Mateo, Jala-Jala and some parts of Marikina and Quezon City.
Out of more than 600 circuits, MERALCO said around 102 are affected.
The National Disaster Coordinating Council reported more than 23,000 families were evacuated in 251 evacuation centers in the National Capital Regions, Regions 4-A and 5.
Ambuklao Dam has opened four gates and released water as part of preventive measure.
As of 4 o'clock this morning, Ambuklao's water level has reached 740.63 meters. (PIA) [top]