Tweets & photos as Typhoon Pedring lashes Luzon

Typhoon Pedring “made landfall in northeastern Luzon early Tuesday morning, but PAGASA advised that nearly all of Luzon is affected by the typhoon’s winds and rain. ”

Roxas Boulevard early this morning

“The provinces along the “trackline” of Pedring, according to PAGASA, are Aurora, Quirino, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, and La Union provinces. As of Tuesday morning, Metro Manila is experiencing strong winds, knocking out power in some areas, scattering debris, and breaking off branches of trees which now litter roads.

Photo of Roxas Boulevard by Art Samaniego

The typhoon is expected to exit Luzon by Tuesday afternoon.”

Coincidence? Milenyo happened September 27, 2006, Ondoy on September 26, 2009 while Pedring is Sept 27 2011. Every two to three years? It shows September is the month for strong typhoons.

Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza as typhoon Pedring batters Manila. (Credit: Jerick Bautista/GMA News)

A great portion of Roxas Boulevard got flooded due strong currents that damaged the sea wall, and caused an overflow of water from Manila Bay. Sofitel Hotel, SM Mall of Asia, US Embassy as well as the nearby restaurants also got flooded . PAGASA weather forecaster Raymond Ordinario said that the flooding on Roxas Boulevard could also be the result of “swells”, or tall waves that follow the passage of a storm. He clarified that storm surges occur in the center of a storm.

Seawall is damaged. Photo by Carlos Celdran

Marikina River is in danger of reaching Ondoy’s level. However, Pedring took all day to reach 19m while Ondoy only took 6 hours to reach 23m.

Marikina City Authorities observe the following rules in sounding out alarms:
Alarm Level 1: Water level from 15 to 16 meters (Warning)
Alarm Level 2: Water level above 16 to 17 meters (Prepare to leave)
Alarm Level 3: Water level beyond 17 meters (Voluntary Evacuation).
Alarm Level 4: Water level beyond 18 meters (Forced Evacuation)
Alarm Level 5: Water level beyond 19 meters.

Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC) ready to accept donations, relief goods, volunteers.

Here are some photos and tweets about the typhoon on twitter.

(Photo by Marian Pastor Roces, Elden Cruz De Castro , Carlos Celdran, Sandra Aguinaldo, GMA news. Other Photo credits shown in storify timeline)