Typhoon Vinta ravages Northern Luzon-A A +A
Friday, November 1, 2013
MANILA (Updated, 8:52 a.m) --Typhoon Vinta disrupted power and phone services in parts of Northern Luzon as it crossed the area after making landfall Thursday afternoon, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
In its 6 a.m. update, the NDRRMC also said 113 families or 382 people in Cagayan and Isabela provinces were evacuated to safer ground.
According to the NDRRMC, Vinta left behind debris from uprooted trees in Conner, Luna, Pudtol and Sta. Marcela in Apayao.
As of 9 p.m. Thursday, the national road from Aparri to Tuguegarao City was not passable because of fallen trees.
The NDRRMC also said the Tawi overflow bridge in Peñablanca in Cagayan and Pinacanauan overflow bridge in Tuguegarao City were not passable due to the swollen river.
Power was cut in parts of Northern Cagayan as early as 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Apayao lost electric power since 5 p.m.
Laoag City in Ilocos Norte also experienced power outages.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Red Cross Tweeted power was also out in some parts of Ilocos Sur Thursday night amid strong winds from Vinta.
However, it said power in the province was restored at about 11:30 p.m.
Mobile phone signals were also reported unstable in Cagayan.
Vinta made landfall over Cagayan Thursday afternoon. The state weather bureau said it is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility Friday. (JK/Sunnex)