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Pedring makes landfall, roars across Luzon

(Updated 12:33 p.m.) - Typhoon Pedring (international name: Nesat) made landfall over the boundary of Aurora and Isabela provinces early Tuesday morning, knocking out power lines and causing outages in a wide area of Luzon, officials said. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned that nearly all of Luzon will be affected by the typhoon's heavy winds and rain throughout the day. The weather bureau said provinces along the "trackline" of Pedring are Aurora, Quirino, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, and La Union provinces. Before dawn Tuesday, Metro Manila experienced strong winds that knocked out power in some areas, felled trees, and scattered debris that have littered roads. Along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, at least 10 trees were uprooted by fierce winds and blocked the normally busy thoroughfare early Tuesday, according to a report on GMA News TV's "News to Go." PAGASA also issued a gale warning in other parts of the country. "Strong to gale force wind is expected to affect the seaboards of Visayas and the Western seaboard of Mindanao," it warned. Govt work, classes suspended MalacaƱang on Tuesday ordered the suspension of work in government offices in Metro Manila and some parts of Luzon due to Typhoon Pedring. "No government work today except for emergency and NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council) related services," presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a text message to reporters. He said the suspension on government work covers the National Capital Region, Regions 1, 2, 3, Cordillera Administrative Region, Batangas, Cavite, Rizal and Laguna. Classes in the tertiary level in all the areas that Lacierda mentioned were also suspended. The Department of Education earlier suspended all classes from elementary to high school in Metro Manila on Tuesday. The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) also announced that the Men's Senior Basketball finals game scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday is suspended, after earlier announcing that it will push through. However, the Women's and Juniors' basketball games proceeded as scheduled. The Finals game between the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the Far Eastern University Tamaraws is rescheduled for Saturday, October 1. Storm alerts PAGASA raised the following storm alerts in various provinces as of 5 a.m. Tuesday: Signal No.3 (100-185 kph winds)
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Abra
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Mt. Province
  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • La Union
  • Nueva Viscaya
  • Quirino
  • Aurora
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Tarlac
  • Pangasinan
  • Zambales Signal No. 2 (60-100 kph winds)
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • Bataan
  • Rizal
  • Northern Quezon
  • Polillo is.
  • Cavite
  • Laguna
  • Batangas
  • Lubang is.
  • Babuyan
  • Calayan group of islands
  • Metro Manila Signal No. 1 (45-60 kph winds)
  • Batanes
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Marinduque
  • Burias Is.
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay
  • Southern Quezon
  • Catanduanes
  • Calamian group of Is.
  • Romblon group of islands According to PAGASA, the fast-moving typhoon is expected to be out of the land mass of Luzon by Tuesday afternoon. "Pedring" is expected to exit the country towards the South China Sea by Wednesday afternoon. - HS/VVP/YA, GMA News