Typhoon Mirinae to bring heavy rains in 4 areas in N Philippines

15:28, October 29, 2009      

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The Philippine weather bureau has placed four areas under storm signal number one as typhoon Mirinae intensifies and continued moving toward Luzon, northern Philippines.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecast Thursday that Mirinae will make a landfall Friday night and bring heavy rains to the provinces of Isabela, Aurora, Northern Quezon and Polillo Islands.

Mirinae is expected to bring more rain, and have winds more powerful than Parma which battered northern Luzon early this month.

PAGASA has advised residents in these areas, especially those living in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes, to prepare for possible flashfloods and landslides.

As of 4 a.m. Thursday, the eye of the typhoon was spotted at 1,080 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora with maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

By Friday evening it is expected to be 580 km east of Casiguran.

Philippine Defense Secretary and National Disaster Coordinating Council chairman Gilberto Teodoro Jr. has advised people in the Luzon areas to avoid cemeteries during the All Saints and All Souls Day, citing the possible risks that may be brought by typhoon Mirinae.

Filipinos go to the cemeteries on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 every year to visit the graves of deceased relatives.

"They may be trapped there (cemeteries) and this may cause traffic congestion in the streets for those coming to the cemeteries and may delay the response and relief efforts that may be needed to be done," Teodoro said.

Source: Xinhua
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