Tropical Storm Egay makes landfall over Isabela
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MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) The center of Tropical Storm Egay made landfall over Isabela, Saturday night, July 4, according to PAGASA.
Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 400-km diameter of the severe tropical storm. It is expected to exit the landmass via Cagayan Sunday evening.
Egay is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Wednesday morning, July 8.
Public storm signals
Signal No. 2 has been raised over 6 areas:
- Northern Aurora
- Cagayan including Babuyan and Calayan group of islands
Public Storm Signal No. 1 has been raised over 10 areas:
- Rest of Aurora
- Nueva Ecija
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Mt Province
- Ilocos Sur
- Ilocos Norte
Residents of mountainous and low-lying areas in provinces under public storm signals should be prepared for possible landslides and flashfloods, warned PAGASA.
The same hazards may also be experienced by those in some parts of Metro Manila, Calabarzon (Region 4A), Mimaropa (Region 4B), and the rest of Northern and Central Luzon.
Under Signal No. 2, storm surge is possible in coastal areas. Ocean waves may reach 4.1 to 14 meters (13.4 to 46 feet). The wind may also cause light to moderate damage to high risk structures, and very light to light damage to medium-risk structures. Unshielded, old dilapidated schoolhouses, makeshift shanties, and other structures of light materials can become partially damaged or unroofed.
"In general, the winds may bring light to moderate damage to the exposed communities," PAGASA said in its latest bulletin.
Under Signal No. 1, winds may pose slight damage to houses of very light materials or makeshift structures in exposed communities. Rice crops, when in the flowering stage, may suffer significant damage.
Open sea wave height may reach 1.25 to 4 meters (4 to 13 feet).
The next bulletin will be issued at 11 am on Sunday, July 5.
NGCP: Preparations in place
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said it has "implemented the necessary preparations and precautions to minimize the impact of Tropical Storm Egay on transmission operations and facilities."
The power system operator and transmission service provider said its preparations include "ensuring the reliability of communications equipment, availability of hardware materials and supplies necessary for the repair of damages to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews in strategic areas, to facilitate immediate restoration work."
"NGCP’s Integrated Disaster Action Plan (IDAP) prescribes these and other procedures to ensure the readiness of all power transmission facilities expected to be affected by the passage of the weather disturbance," it said. – Rappler.com