While landfall is still two days away (Saturday, October 3), Pagasa cautions everyone on the rains and very strong winds that incoming typhoon Pepeng (international codename Parma) is expected to bring.
Nathaniel Cruz, Pagasa director for operations, says Pepeng can become a super typhoon. Pepeng is expected to pack winds at 175 kph at gusts of up to 210 kph. Storm signal no. 1 has been raised in Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes.
In ABS CBN news, Cruz adds that "Pepeng is much strong than last Saturday's tropical storm Ondoy." Ondoy, as well all know by now, brought in 455 millimeters of rain in QC alone, and is responsible for the worst flooding that Manila has seen in 40 years.
"Dr. Susan Espinueva, assistant weather services chief of the Hydro Metrological Division of PAGASA said major dams in Northen Luzon will be releasing water today until Friday, before Pepeng hits," adds ABS CBN.
In the meantime, here are a few things you can do in preparation for the coming storm:
1. Charge everything that needs to be charged—mobile phones, radios, laptops, emergency lights, etc.
2. Gather flashlights, candles, batteries, and first aid kit
3. Have enough water supply for emergency
4. Board your windows in case objects start to fly outdoors.
Nobody wants this to happen again. Keep safe, everyone.