“Nona” prompts pre-emptive evacuation in Eastern Visayas

Tacloban City – Local Government Units (LGUs) were prompted by the Regional Risk Reduction and Management Council to command pre-emptive evacuation especially on residents near coastal waters as “Nona” made its landfall around noontime on Monday in Northern Samar. 
A photo grab from weather.com.ph on the path of  Nona
(international name Melor). 
The state weather administration reported that the typhoon made landfall in Laoang at around 11:00 A.M. and has sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour and gustiness reaching to 180 kilometers per hour. Regional Director Edgar Posadas, Office of Civil Defense (OCD), who serves as RDRRMC chairperson has instructed local authorities to implement compulsory evacuation. 

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned the public that storm surges may reach to as high as three meters near the center of the typhoon. Posadas meanwhile said that most of the areas that will be hit by Nona are prepared and have made necessary preparation even before the typhoon was felt in the region. 

Meanwhile, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar provinces reported of widespread blackout. The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) reported that the 69kV Paranas-Borongan-Quinapondan line tripped at 9:26 AM Monday morning affecting whole franchise of ESAMELCO. Linemen had been dispatched already to conduct line inspections as soon as the weather improved this afternoon. No update has been made as of writing if electricity has been restored in the two provinces.
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