Fast and furious: Typhoon Mirinae aka Santi headed to Philippines

October 29, 2009 at 4:09 am Leave a comment

Typhoon Mirinae (Santi): Enters Philippines AOR on Beeline to Manila a new storm fast and furious

28 October 2009 No Comment

JTWC-Mirinae (Santi)As if the Philippines has not had enough of bad weather the US Navy and US Air Force Joint typhoon warning center is forecasting a direct path to Manila for a new Typhoon with a international name Mirinae, the Korean word for ‘Galaxy’,

The Storm is forecast by Military and Civilian meteorologists to be in general vicinity of Manila by Halloween evening, meaning that a fast moving storm may the one knocking on doors in the Philippines instead of  kids trick or treating and the rap tap tapping on the chanber door may be people telling residents to head for higher ground, if anything is consolation the storm being fast moving means a quick slam-bam-thank-you ma’am hit which in disaster terms is often kinder than a prolonged deluge that no one in the country wants to see more off.

The Typhoon is a medium sized one and its path taking it towards manila comes at a bad time for thousands who have just cleaned away debris from flood waters. Lake levels and dams have somewhat normalized at this time a week of hot dry weather with only occasional showers has had a impact on the water levels.

The other consolation is the three weeks of storms as well as constant pounding has brought the alert levels up for disaster awareness teams and those who deal with rescue and response. The season still has till February to go the last few years have relatively spared the capitol region in the past but the wave of storms is actually quite typical in number albeit these have come earlier than normal for the country.

In comparison at this time before Typhoon Lupits approach to the country, Manila’s NDCC was already posting advisories and taking steps. Plans so well laid out that at the end of the day – no one died – no one needed to be rescued and even if the storm did not hit but a small portion of the Northern most tip of Luzon.

Ramil’s preventive steps perhaps – but I hope not – will not allow some to fall back to complacency and being prepared for worst made for the best of news – even for me a journalist – who basically earns from bad news. (Sorry but – if it bleeds it leads! Sad but true in the news biz!) became a non-story for a change.

Ramil final NDCC Situational Update
A. Affected Population/Pre-emptive Evacuation of Population (Details in Tab A)
· A total of 1,271 families / 5,239 persons conducted pre-emptive evacuation in 43
barangays, 19 municipalities and 2 cities in 7 provinces of Regions I, II and CAR
Reg/Prov/City No. of NO. OF AFFECTED
Affected FAM PERS
I – Ilocos Norte, La Union,
Pangasinan (Dagupan City)
12 390 1,370 0
II – Cagayan, Isabela 13 433 1,852 0
CAR – Benguet, Mt. Province 18 448 2,017 19
· As of 24 October, evacuees had returned to their homes except in the
Province of Benguet where 402 families / 1,866 persons are still inside 19
evacuation centers
Ramil Damage
· In Region II, forty-five (45) houses were damaged, with 16 totally and 29 partially
all in Aparri, Cagayan, to include three (3) houses were totally damaged when a
20-meter seawall collapsed in San Antonio, Aparri, Cagayan on 20 October due to
storm surge causing 65 families / 182 persons to evacuate: 41 families/78 persons at
Brgy. Maura and 24 families/104 persons at Brgy San Antonio
Typhoon Santi headed to towards Luzon but will not affect the country in next 24 hours per PAGASATyphoon Santi headed to towards Luzon but will not affect the country in next 24 hours per PAGASA

PAGASA Warning:  Mirinae to be named ‘Santi’ once it enters RP area of responsibility

The Typhoon East of Central Luzon has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility and was named “SANTI”.
Location of Center:
(as of 10:00 p.m.)
1,210 km East of Casiguran, Aurora
Coordinates: 16.3°N, 135.0°E
Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center
and gustiness of up to 170 kph
Movement: West at 24 kph
Forecast Positions/Outlook: Thursday evening:
710 km East of Casiguran, Aurora
Friday evening:
250 km East of Casiguran, Aurora
Saturday evening:
50 km East of Dagupan City or
30 km South of Baguio City
No Public Storm Warning Signals Raised
This disturbance will not affect any part of the country within the next 24 hours.The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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