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Tropical Storm Ramon slams Philippines

Christian Fernsby |
More than 200 people in Cagayan were evacuated on Monday as Severe Tropical Storm Ramon (international name: Kalmaegi) barreled toward Philippines, and was expected to hit the northern part of the province during the night or early morning.

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Rogelio Sending Jr., Cagayan provincial information officer, said most of the evacuees were residents of flood- and landslide-prone areas in the towns of Santa Praxedes, Gattaran, Calayan and Dalupiri Island.

Ramon intensified into a severe tropical storm on Monday, threatening several provinces in northern Luzon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

As of Monday afternoon, tropical cyclone signal No. 2 was up in Cagayan, including Babuyan Islands; Apayao; Kalinga; and the northern portion of Isabela province, including the towns of Santa Maria, San Pablo, Maconacon, Cabagan, Santo Tomas, Quezon, Delfin Albano, Tumauini and Divilacan.

The northern portion of Ilocos Norte province, including the towns of Pagudpud, Burgos, Bangui, Dumalneg and Adams, were also under signal No. 2.

Signal No. 1 had been raised in a number of provinces in northern Luzon, including Batanes, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Mountain Province, Benguet, Ifugao, La Union, northern Aurora, particularly Dilasag, Casiguran and Dinalungan towns, and the rest of Isabela.

As of 4 p.m. on Monday, Ramon’s center was 125 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, packing maximum winds of 100 km per hour and gustiness of up to 125 kph.

It was moving north-northwest at 10 kph and was expected to make landfall in northern Cagayan between Monday night and Tuesday morning.

The Cagayan provincial government called off school at all levels in both public and private sectors, and imposed a ban on the sale of liquor.

Schools were also shuttered at all levels on Monday in the towns of Conner, Pudtol and Calanasan in Apayao province and at all levels in the City of Ilagan in Isabela.

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