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article imageAnother strong typhoon hits Northern Philippines

By Leo Reyes     Oct 1, 2011 in Environment
Another strong typhoon hit a wide area in northern Luzon, the second to strike this week after typhoon "Pedring" killed at least 50 people and left behind thousands of families homeless due to widespread flooding.
The new powerful typhoon code name "Quiel" arrived Saturday morning in Isabela province with a wind speed of 160 kilometers per hour.
Typhoon "Quiel" (International code:Nalgae) took almost the same path of Typhoon "Pedring," which brought flooding in many parts of Luzon, including the Bicol region.
Typhoon signal No.3 is now hoisted over Isabela, Northern Aurora, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan while signal No.2 has been raised in Cagayan, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Kalinga, Rest of Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Zambales, Bulacan, Northern Quezon, and Polillo Island.
Metro Manila, along with surrounding provinces and cities, are still under signal No.1.
According to weather forecaster Raymond Ordinario of the state weather agency, PAGASA, the typhoon is expected to exit Philippine Area of Responsibility by Sunday morning.
"Typhoon Quiel has a 500-kilometer radius, and is expected to bring heavy rains at the rate of 15-25 millimeters per hour," Ordinario added.
Earlier this week, Typhoon "Pedring's" submerged wide areas and stranding thousands of people in low lying areas as public transport could not pass the flooded streets.
The railway system operating in Manila and neighboring cities stopped operation due to power interruption.
The US Embassy in Manila had to close on Tuesday as giant waves from Manila Bay hit the embassy's compound, prompting embassy officials to suspend operations and employees were advised to go home.
Typhoon "Quiel" is expected to worsen flooding in Central Luzon and other low lying areas. Water reservoirs and dams have to discharge huge quantities of water to keep them from breaking because of the strong water pressure, further worsening the situation.
Forecasters at the weather agency said that three to five more typhoons are expected to hit the Philippines before the year ends.
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