================================================== Typhoon alert: 'Yoyong' to hit all of Luzon Updated 07:14am (Mla time) Dec 01, 2004 By Fe Zamora Inquirer News Service STOCK up on food, blankets, baby food, medicines -- and pray the latest weather disturbance to threaten the Philippines will change course. Said to be stronger than Typhoons "Unding" (international codename: Muifa) and "Violeta" (Merbok) and tropical depression "Winnie," Typhoon "Yoyong" (Nanmadol), with projected center winds of 120 kilometers per hour, is expected to hit land on Thursday. "This is rather strong, so we are calling on the public to monitor, and if the direction [of the typhoon] does not change, please evacuate to safer areas," Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz Tuesday said during a briefing at the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC). "Mas matindi ito (This is the strongest) and this is already the fourth [typhoon], so we can expect the waters to rise," Cruz added. He said he expected typhoon signal No. 3 to be raised over affected areas, mainly in Luzon. Cruz said Yoyong would "hit a wider area, almost the entire Luzon, but would be concentrated on the border of Region 3 and 4." "So let us just pray that Typhoon Yoyong will change its course," he said. Region 3 is composed of the provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales while Region 4 includes the Calabarzon region (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) and the Mimaropa region (Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan). He said that if Yoyong would maintain its current course and speed, "the local governments will have to decide when to declare a state of emergency" in their respective localities. Cruz said he had already placed the military, police and Coast Guard units on alert along the path of the incoming howler. Yoyong would be the fourth typhoon to strike since Nov. 14 when Unding battered the provinces of Camarines Sur and Mindoro Oriental, killing several people. Unding was followed by Violeta, which hit Aurora province, also on the eastern coastline of Luzon, and by Winnie, which has killed more than 200 people. Vice President Noli de Castro, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman and Defense Undersecretary Ernesto Carolina flew by helicopter to Infanta town in Quezon province to check on the extent of the damage. "They could not land, so they diverted to Palayan City, Nueva Ecija (province)," Cruz said, adding that roads to Palayan had been cut off due to floods. Cruz also appealed to media to provide information about people stranded on rooftops so they could be rescued by government teams. Initial information from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) gave Yoyong's position at 1,530 km east-southeast of the Visayas as of 2 p.m. yesterday. PAGASA said it had strengthened into a typhoon and even accelerated its west-northwest movement toward the archipelago. With a report from Norman Bordadera ================================================== link Hope It will change its course... ;Q ;Q ;Q Wanna kill these ads? We can help!