Pepeng is inside the Philippines already, some areas are at Signal 1, the tropical storm still intensifies and Pepeng may soon become a Super Typhoon and hit land. (Update as of 15:35 of Oct. 1)
Philippines hasn’t recovered at all yet from the devastating damage that the tropical storm Ondoy has left behind, especially in the Manila Area. The said typhoon ondoy who is better known as Ketsana, has already left the area of responsibility of the Philippines and continued its rage over Vietnam, but this doesn’t mean that the Philippines can relax now and look ahead to recover from the wreckage that the typhoon has left as yet another tropical storm is predicted to hit the already damaged area, as for a matter of fact, Pepeng has already entered the Philippine area of responsibility.
Pepeng, another typhoon in the making is still distant from the mainland of the archipelago and weather forecasters are not certain where the said typhoon will land in Luzon or if it’ll ever (hopefully not) make contact with the land. But one thing that many fear is that this said tropical storm could evolve into something much much bigger than Ondoy, something classified as a Super Typhoon.
PAGASA Weather Bureau Chief Nathaniel informed the nation that Pepeng has entered the Philippine area around 2pm today. He also added that Pepeng is as close as 940kms from Surigao City, which was noted during their 5pm advisory.
Again, there is a high probability that we’ll gonna call this tropical storm as Pepeng Super Typhoon anytime soon if the situation worsens and it really hits the land by this coming weekend. The PAGASA Chief also noted that Pepeng is still too far out from the main land to land any huge (or any affect at all) to the country for the next 24-36 hours.
Like Cruz mentioned, we also urge the public to prepare and be ready for this upcoming storm that can make things much worse than the situation is right now. The government responded to Cruz’ call reaffirming that “We’re prepared and readied plans for forced evacuation of the people living near the areas at risk.”