Saturday, September 26, 2009

Typhoon Ondoy Floods the Philippine Metro! Luzon Flooded!

Ondoy Flood GraphicTyphoon Ondoy floods the Pool Capital of the World!

It was around 9:30 AM when I started the car to go out and participate in a tournament at the billiardsHobbies Billiards Hall in Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City. I noticed that the first street after the village’s gate was flooded. It wasn’t the ankle-deep water that surprised me – ‘twas the fact that the street was flooded! ‘Twas the first time I’ve seen the street as such! I decided to drive back to my house and wait for the weather to clear up.

But clear it did not! The rainfall brought about by tropical depression "Ondoy" to Metro Manila and nearby areas in a span of six hours was the most in recorded history! It even surpassed the previous record for the Pool Capital of the World in 1967! And I kid you not!

The amount of rainfall from Ondoy from 8:00 AM to 2:00 Pm measured 341 millimeters, breaking the record for the highest 24-hour rainfall of 334 millimeters in the metro recorded by Pagasa in June 1967. The amount nearly equaled the Philippines’ average monthly rainfall. And it is still raining as I’m writing this!

Ondoy Flood ImageA thousand thoughts rushed through my mind as I watched on TV images of flooded streets all over the metro and throughout Luzon. These include stranded commuters and families, crying children, strong currents, power outages, overflowing dams, rescue teams, rubber boats, National Disaster Coordinating Council, weather bulletins, unity, helping hands, much-needed relief goods, public order, poor drainage system, pollution and garbage problem, climate change, and more!

Prayers to my affected kababayans.

Please stay safe, friends!

Ondoy Flood GraphicOndoy Storm Update:

At least 25 provinces of Luzon including Metro Manila are placed under state of calamity by the government.

Weather bulletin from Philippine Atmospheric
Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA): Signal No. 2 remains in Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, Northern Quezon, and Polilo Island.

Signal No. 1 is up for Isabela, Mountain Province, Ifugai, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro provinces, Lubang Island, Marinduque, Camarines Norte, Bataan, Metro Manila and the rest of Quezon.

Typhoon Ondoy continues to move with a maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph. It is expected to leave the country’s area of responsibility by Monday morning.

Licensure Examination for Teachers in Metro Manila on Sunday, September 27, 2009 is postponed.

Bar exams scheduled for September 27, 2009, is post
poned to October 4, 2009

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Philippines Natural Disaster said...

It is very unfortunate for our Filipino brothers to be hit by typhoon Ondoy. I have seen the massive flooding and the flood victims on TV and it is really horrible.

It's always a runout at The Runout TV!