The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said this is due to the tail end of a cold front affecting parts of Luzon. They said the affected areas included Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora and Apayao which had suffered casualties and damage due to the heavy rains in past days. The PAGASA bulletin also said rains loom over Visayas and Mindanao due to an intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ). The whole country will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunder storm becoming cloudy with widespread rains over the eastern section of Northern and Central Luzon and Visayas which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
Super typhoon Juan (international codename-Megi) roared through Isabela flattening banana plantations, uprooting trees, toppling power lines and forcing the evacuation of more than 3,000 people in the province and the nearby Cagayan. Four people are reported were killed in the typhoon’s path. Juan was packing sustained winds of 225 kilometers per hour and gusts of 260 kph. The bureau of weather officials said that Juan is the world’s strongest storm that hit the Philippines that super typhoon Reming. The PAGASA said the cyclone was so powerful that it reached typhoon category while still in the open sea. About six hours after it made landfall in Isabela, Juan weakened as it made its way across northern Luzon, Juan was 90 kilometer west northwest of Baguio City that sustained winds of 160 kph and gusts of 195 kph. The typhoon was expected to leave via Ilocos Sur at midnight Monday.
There are died in a different ways; a man who drowned in Cagayan River has been confirmed to be the first fatality of the super typhoon. A woman in Rizal, Kalinga was killed when a tamarind tree blown by the strong winds and crashed down on her house. In Baguio City a forest guard at the Busol watershed died after a tree fell on the guard house where he was staying. In Pangasinan a farmer was killed when he was struck by the lightning in Mangatarem town. Rice stockpiles in a warehouse of the Department of Social Welfare and Department in Divilacan town got soaked when the strong winds blew away the warehouse’s roof. In Santa Ana, Cagayan a woman was reportedly hit by an electric post while a child reportedly sustained minor wounds due to the fallen live wire. Two women were badly injured inside the Jollibee store in Tanza, Tuguegarao when a heavy object buffeted by the winds smashed into the store’s glass wall. A female customer reportedly sustained a broken collarbone while a staff member suffered burns from the boiler.
A landslide is also reported in a various sections of Apayao and Benguet. The roads in Benguet were closed due to the landslides.