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SUPER Typhoon “Karding” (international name: “Noru”) pounded Luzon with strong winds and heavy rain that forced hundreds of people to flee their homes.
The storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers an hour as it charged toward Luzon after an unprecedented “explosive intensification,” the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
Karding, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, made landfall in Burdeos town on the Polillo Islands, part of Quezon, at 5:30 pm Sunday.
WILL IT HOLD? A couple reinforces their house in Noveleta, Cavite by securing it with rope ahead of the whiplash of Super Typhoon ‘Karding’ on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. PHOTO BY JOHN RYAN BALDEMOR
“We ask residents living in danger zones to adhere to calls for evacuation whenever necessary,” Philippine National Police chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin said.
The Philippines is regularly ravaged by storms, with scientists warning that they are becoming more powerful as the world gets warmer because of climate change.
“The winds were fierce this morning,” said Ernesto Portillo, 30, who works as a cook in the coastal municipality of Infanta in Quezon.
“We’re a bit worried… We secured our belongings and bought a few groceries so we have food just in case.”
Videos posted on social media and verified by AFP showed trees being buffeted by strong winds in Infanta and on the Polillo islands.
Pagasa said the storm’s wind speeds had increased by 90 kph in 24 hours.
“Typhoons are like engines — you need fuel and an exhaust to function,” said weather forecaster Robb Gile.
“In the case of Karding, it has good fuel because it has plenty of warm water along its track and then there is a good exhaust in the upper level of the atmosphere — so it’s a good recipe for explosive intensification,” he added, using the local name for the storm.
The storm hit about 100 kilometers northeast of Manila. Emergency personnel braced for the possibility of strong winds and heavy rain battering the capital, home to more than 13 million people.
Forced evacuations have started in some “high risk” areas of the metropolis, officials said.
“NCR is prepared. We are just waiting and hoping it will not hit us,” said Romulo Cabantac, regional director for the civil defense office, referring to the National Capital Region.
Karding came nine months after another super typhoon devastated swathes of the country, killing more than 400 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.
Residents in several municipalities in Quezon were evacuated from their homes, according to the provincial disaster office.
In the neighboring province of Aurora, residents of Dingalan town were forced to seek shelter.
“People living near the coast have been told to evacuate. We live away from the coast so we’re staying put so far. We’re more worried about the water from the mountains,” said Rhea Tan, 54, a restaurant manager in honor
Tan said residents were securing the roofs of their houses and boats were being taken to higher ground while the weather was still calm.
“We’re even more anxious if the weather is very calm, because that’s the usual indicator of a strong typhoon before it hits land,” Tan added.
The storm is expected to weaken to a typhoon as it sweeps across central Luzon, before entering the South China Sea on Monday and heading towards Vietnam.
The weather bureau warned of dangerous storm surges more than 3 meters high along the coast of Aurora and Quezon, including the Polillo Islands, along with widespread flooding and landslides as the storm dumped heavy rain.
It could topple coconut and mango trees, and cause “severe losses” to rice and corn crops in the heavily agricultural region, while inundating villages.
The coast guard reported more than 2,500 people were left stranded by ferry cancellations as vessels took shelter ahead of the storm.
Dozens of flights in and out of Manila were also canceled.
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Sunday ordered work and classes suspended in all the affected areas.
Pagasa raised tropical cyclone wind Signal No. 5 in Polillo Islands; the extreme northern portion of Quezon (the northern and central portions of General Nakar, the northeastern portion of Infanta); the extreme southern portion of Aurora (Dingalan); the extreme southern portion of Nueva Ecija (General Tinio, City of Gapan, Peñaranda, San Isidro, Cabiao); Pampanga (Arayat, Candaba, Santa Ana, San Luis); the eastern and central portions of Bulacan (San Rafael, Angat, Norzagaray, Doña Remedios Trinidad, San Ildefonso, San Miguel); and the extreme northern portion of Rizal (Rodriguez).
Under Signal No. 4 were Calaguas Islands; the central and southern portion of Nueva Ecija (Cuyapo, Nampicuan, Guimba, Licab, Zaragoza, San Antonio, San Leonardo, Jaen, Santa Rosa, Palayan City, Gabaldon, Laur, Cabanatuan City, Aliaga, Quezon, Santo Domingo, Talavera, Llanera , General Mamerto Natividad, Rizal, Bongabon, Talugtug, Science City of Muñoz); the northern portion of Metro Manila (Marikina, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, and Quezon City); Tarlac; the rest of Pampanga; the rest of Bulacan; Zambales; the northern portion of Bataan (Dinalupihan, Hermosa, Morong, Orani, Samal, Abucay); the southern portion of Pangasinan (Bautista, Alcala, Bayambang, Mangatarem, Urbiztondo, Aguilar, Bugallon, Infanta, Dasol, Burgos, Mabini, Labrador); and the extreme northern portion of Laguna (Famy, Siniloan, Santa Maria, Pangil). Signal no. 3 were up in central Aurora (Dipaculao); the southeastern portion of Nueva Vizcaya (Alfonso Castaneda, Dupax del Sur, Dupax del Norte); the rest of Nueva Ecija; the rest of Bataan; the rest of Pangasinan; the rest of Metro Manila; the rest of Rizal; the northern and central portions of Laguna (Mabitac, Pakil, Paete, Kalayaan, Lumban, Cavinti, Pagsanjan, Luisiana, Majayjay, Magdalena, Santa Cruz, Pila, Liliw, Nagcarlan, Victoria, Rizal, City of San Pedro, City of Biñan, City of Santa Rosa, Cabuyao City, City of Calamba, Los Baños, Bay, Calauan); the northern and central portions of Cavite (Tanza, Rosario, Noveleta, Kawit, Imus City, Bacoor City, City of Dasmariñas, Carmona, Gen. Mariano Alvarez, Silang, Amadeo, City of General Trias, Trece Martires City, Naic, Indang) ; the rest of northern Quezon (Infanta, Real, General Nakar, Mauban); and the northern portion of Camarines Norte (Vinzons, Paracale, Jose Panganiban, Capalonga).
Under Signal No. 2 were the southern Isabela (Dinapigue, San Guillermo, Echague, San Agustin, Jones); Quirino; the rest of Nueva Vizcaya; Benguet; La Union; the rest of Aurora; the rest of Cavite; Batangas; the rest of Laguna; the central portions of Quezon (Calauag, Perez, Alabat, Quezon, Tagkawayan, Guinayangan, Sampaloc, Lucban, City of Tayabas, Lucena City, Pagbilao, Padre Burgos, Atimonan, Agdangan, Unisan, Plaridel, Gumaca, Lopez, Pitogo, Dolores, Candelaria, Sariaya, Tiaong, San Antonio, Macalelon, General Luna, Catanauan, Buenavista); the rest of Camarines Norte, the northern portion of Camarines Sur (Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Libmanan, Pamplona, Pasacao, San Fernando, Pili, Minalabac, Ocampo, Tigaon, Cabusao, Magarao, Gainza, Canaman, Camaligan, Milaor , Naga City, Bombon, Calabanga, Tinambac, Siruma, Goa, Lagonoy, San Jose, Garchitorena, Presentacion, Caramoan, Sagñay); and Catanduanes.
Under Signal No. 1 were southern Cagayan (Tuao, Solana, Enrile, Tuguegarao City, Iguig, Peñablanca); the rest of Isabela; southern Apayao (Conner); Protect; Abra; Mountain Province; Ifugao; southern Ilocos Norte (Nueva Era, Badoc, Pinili, Banna, City of Batac, Currimao, Paoay, Marcos); Ilocos Sur; the rest of Quezon; northern Occidental Mindoro (Abra de Ilog, Paluan, Mamburao, Santa Cruz) including Lubang Islands; northern Oriental Mindoro (Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, City of Calapan, Naujan, Victoria, Pola, Socorro, Pinamalayan); Marinduque; the rest of Camarines Sur; Albay; Sorsogon; Burias Island; and Ticao Island.
Kennon Road, the main highway to Baguio City, was also temporarily closed.