Philippines — On the 27th of October, the Japan Meteorological Agency, spotted the tropical storm they named, Nalgae, forming across the Philippine Sea. This was 350 miles east-southeast of Manila as of the 28th of October.
Jumping to the evening of October 28th, it has trekked west-northwest impacting the Philippines for the weekend and will next move to Taiwan and southeastern China by the first few days of November.
The latest count of casualties has reached 47 mostly impacting Cotabato on Mindanao Island. Of those, 27 hailed from the town of Datu Odin Sinsuat, 10 from Datu Blah Sinsuat and five from Upi. Paeng, as it was locally named, also had five more deaths in various locations where it treaded. There will be more casualties as the cyclone passes through.
Paeng reached the status of a Severe Tropical Storm and has brought 4-8 inches (100-200 mm) of rain to northern Luzon in just 24 hours. The evacuation was also done ahead of its onslaught with nearly 5,000 people brought to safe zones.
The heaviest rainfall will first impact the eastern Visayas night of Friday, followed by the Bicol region on Saturday. By Sunday, Paeng will be hitting the northeastern part of Luzon as a remarkably strong tropical storm.
Accuweather’s Lead International Forecaster, Jason Nicholls said, “The amount of rain and wind will depend on the exact track and the storm’s proximity to land.”
The heavy rain along and near the path of the emerging tropical threat could lead to fresh flash flooding, river flooding and mudslides. Storm surge flooding along coastlines is also a concern when the centre of the cyclone passes by.
Nalgae/Paeng stats and the latest news
The severe tropical storm will be the Philippines’ 16th tropical cyclone for 2022. There have been repeated, constant warnings especially when the long weekend marks All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. This is also the first time after a two-year pandemic restriction that cemeteries will be open to the public at their most accessible conditions.
Severe Tropical Storm Paeng (Nalgae), the Philippines’ 16th tropical cyclone for 2022, is threatening much of Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao just as the country heads into a long weekend to mark All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Evacuation near the dam at Sipalay, Negros Occidental and Zamboanga City
Early morning of October 29, nearby residents of the dam at Sipalay Negros Occidental have been evacuated. The preventative measure was done coming from the many lives lost and property destroyed during Typhoon Odette in December 2021.
The day before, Zamboanga City experienced flooding in more than a dozen villages. The evacuation was also done with the help of Zamboanga’s City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO). Just from one village, Manicahan had some 300 families were affected by the wrath of Paeng. Barangay Ayala had evacuation centres set up in a gymnasium, a school, and a church that can accommodate more than 1,300 people.
Signal No. 3 up in Metro Manila as well as other nearby provinces
Torrential rain saw the evening of the 28th of October and early morning of the 29th of October flood Metro Manila. The Marikina River also reached 15 meters as of this writing.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) raised Storm Signal No. 2 in six provinces in Bicol and the Visayas as the storm slightly intensified as it moved over the Philippine Sea on Friday.
Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, and the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Caramoan, Garchitorena, Presentacion, Lagonoy, Goa, San Jose, Tigaon, Iriga City, Saglay and Buhi), all in Bicol, are under Signal No. 2.
Possible Signal No. 4
Should the storm draw energy from the warm waters of the Philippine Sea, it can dangerously reach the highest typhoon category of Storm Signal No. 4 as it nears Bicol
Rains have brought flooding to Metro Manila, Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Aurora and the rest of Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) and Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan).
Travel is on hold as a precautionary measure
Several inter-island bus strips were canceled by The Parañaque Integrated Terminal Express or PITx on Friday. Buses were also ground which are bound for San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, Roxas, Oriental Mindoro, Iloilo City, Ormoc City and Maasin City in Southern Leyte, Davao City, and Bagamano, Catanduanes.
The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) released a statement, “Preparations include ensuring the reliability of communications equipment, availability of hardware materials and supplies necessary for the repair of damage to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews in strategic areas to facilitate immediate restoration work.”
Stay safe folks. There is absolutely no need to travel while Paeng rages over the country. Take time to gather some food rations and battery-powered devices with you. Makes one think if this is indeed an effect of climate change. Let’s pause, pray and hope that things will be better after the storm. Any thoughts or feedback on this is absolutely something we look forward to. Carry on and we’ll be back with more news for you guys.