Following a stormy weekend that claimed two lives and left more than 19,000 people in evacuation centers, it was reported earlier today that Typhoon Lando (international name: Koppu) could linger until Saturday or Sunday before it exits the Philippine area of responsibility.
Moving at 5 kilometers per hour north-northeast, #LandoPH, according to PAGASA's 5 p.m. weather bulletin, was packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.
"By Friday and Saturday, it will be nearing Taiwan," PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said in a press briefing, where he also noted that Lando may wane into a tropical storm over the next few days.
As such, select classes in affected areas are still suspended.
Considering members of the workforce will still weather a few days of incessant rain, despite being relatively removed from the eye of the storm, here are some reminders to withstand this hassle of a weather predicament:
Those 19,000 evacuees are actually fortunate compared to residents stuck on rooftops because of worsening floods. Cabanatuan, which according to regional rescue official Nigel Lontoc is not normally hit by flooding, is still literally in deep waters following two days of nonstop downpour.
When alerted, don't hesitate to follow suit at once.
THE MAN WITH THE PLAN
We can't expect government agencies and city officials to consistently issue prompt weather advisories or work and class suspensions. Given the sad truth about constant flooding here in the country, you'd more or less have an idea if you'll be passing through roads that turn into rivers during these inopportune times.
Take note of the travel time, alternative routes and necessary rain gear if ever you have to go out.
Going out for something unimportant isn't exactly worth the risk, especially with trees swaying wildly on streets. Flash floods, on the other hand, render certain things deadlier—live wires, manholes and mountainsides.
Simply put, be wary of your surroundings.