Typhoon Helen gets stronger as it nears Philippines

Just a few days after Southwest Monsoon rains flooded the streets of the major cities of the Philippines’ Luzon area, another dilemma is coming up. The Philippines is currently bracing up for Typhoon Helen, which is reportedly becoming stronger as it moves closer to Northern Luzon.


The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has issued public storm signals in 17 different areas inNorthern Luzon. According to its 5 PM update on August 13, Typhoon Helen now has maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and a gustiness of up to 100 kph. PAGASA also reported that Typhoon Helen is estimated to be at 230 kilometers east southeast of Tuguegarao City as of 4 PM on August 13.


PAGASA has sent warnings to residents of low-lying and mountainous areas to prepare for possible landslides and flash floods. People living in coastal areas are also warned of big waves or storm surges. PAGASA and the Philippines Coast Guard warns fishing boats and small sea crafts not to venture out into the sea, specifically in the seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon and Visayas.


The Southwest Monsoon is still looming over the Philippines, and with the arrival of Typhoon Helen, more rains are expected over Luzon and Visayas, says PAGASA. Aside from the heavy rains, the water level in some major dams remains a threat to residents in nearby areas due to the expected downpour.

As of 4 PM on August 13, gates have been opened in the following dams: Angat Dam, Ipo Dam, Ambuklao Dam, Binga Dam, San Roque Dam, and Magat Dam.


I am writing this in hopes of warning people beforehand, I do hope we have learned from the least few days and do necessary preparations and prepare for a new calamity coming our way.


Junjie M.

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