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President Aquino orders early preparations for anticipated howler

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President Benigno Aquino III mobilized government into action on possible onslaught of another howler next week.

"He already told authorities on the ground to prepare for this eventuality," said Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) chief Graciano Yumul.

He noted Mr. Aquino gave the order as PAGASA spotted a new low pressure area (LPA) in the Pacific Ocean.

PAGASA said this LPA can develop into either a storm or typhoon.

Storms pack winds between 65 kilometers per hour (KPH) and 85 KPH while typhoons sustain winds from 85 KPH to 185 KPH, PAGASA noted.

Citing its latest available monitoring data, PAGASA noted the anticipated howler can possibly enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this weekend.

If this happens, PAGASA said such howler will be named 'Katring.'

PAGASA also forecasts this howler to hit northern Luzon on either Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

Yumul said President Aquino wants authorities concerned to take advantage of the next several days to prepare for the anticipated howler's onslaught.
There's a five-day window of opportunity to do this, Yumul noted.

Northern Luzon is still reeling from onslaught of super typhoon 'Juan' which slammed into and pummeled that area on October 18 this year.

Malacanang believes government's early preparation and evacuation activities helped keep the death toll from 'Juan' way below what observers expected.

Experts identified 'Juan' as among the world's strongest typhoons.

Reports said 'Juan' left 15 people dead.

PAGASA sees the anticipated howler as possibly trekking the same path of 'Juan.'

'Juan' made its landfall in Isabela province along Luzon island's eastern seaboard.

This super typhoon then crossed Luzon's mountainous north before exiting into the South China Sea. (PNA)




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