'Pedring' to exit PH Wednesday noon

Posted at 09/27/11 12:22 PM

A man makes his way on a flooded Luneta as Typhoon Pedring batters the rest of Luzon. Photo by RemZamora for abs-cbnNEWS.com

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon "Pedring" has weakened after making landfall over the northern part of Luzon and is expected to be out of the country by Wednesday noon, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

In its latest weather bulletin at 10 a.m., PAGASA said Pedring was spotted 100 kilometers (km) east of Baguio City. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 120 km per hour near the center, with gustiness of up to 150 kph.

The typhoon, which had a diameter of 650 km, was moving west northwest at 19 kph and bringing rainfall of between 15 millimeters and 25 mm per hour.

"Typhoon Pedring has weakened as it crossed the rugged terrain of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range," PAGASA said.

It projected Pedring to be in the vicinity of Atok, Benguet by 2 p.m. today and along the western coast of La Union by 4 p.m. It said the typhoon would exit the Philippine area of responsibility by noon Wednesday.

Public storm signal no. 3 remained hoisted over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Nueva Viscaya, and Pangasinan.

Signal no. 2 was raised over Apayao, Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Bulacan, Bataan and Metro Manila.

Among the areas under storm signal no. 1 were Babuyan, Calayan group of Islands, Northern Quezon, Polillo Island, Rizal, Laguna, Batangas, Lubang Island and Cavite.

Infographic: Typhoon Pedring storm signal map

Work, class suspension

Due to bad weather, classes in several areas affected by the typhoon were suspended.

The Commission on Higher Education has announced the suspension of classes in both undergraduate and graduate levels in the entire National Capital Region.

The Department of Education cancelled all classes in elementary and high school as early as Monday evening.

Work in the executive, legislative and judiciary branches were also suspended.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, however, said those involved in emergency services were exempt from the work suspension.

Meanwhile, 29 flights, including three international flights, were cancelled as of 9:45 a.m. because of the typhoon.