‘Karen’ hits Cagayan; drenches most of Luzon

Classes suspended in metro, other affected areas

By Joel Guinto
First Posted 07:05:00 08/20/2008

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Typhoon “Karen” (international codename: Nuri) slammed into the tip of the northeast province of Cagayan early Wednesday morning, the chief of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration said, as he warned of the possibility of tornadoes.

Meanwhile, classes in all levels in Metro Manila were suspended starting 12 noon, National Disaster Coordinating Council spokesman Anthony Golez said later in the day.

On Tuesday night, the NDCC announced the suspension of Wednesday classes in the elementary and secondary levels in areas under public storm signals No. 2 and 3, and in seven other provinces.

Typhoon winds of up to 170 kilometers per hour, and thick clouds, could result in a tornado, said PAGASA Director Prisco Nilo.

The storm slammed into Sta. Ana town, Cagayan at around 7 a.m., Nilo said on RMN radio.

“These winds are very dangerous, this could generate a tornado, especially in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur,” he said.

According to the PAGASA website, “Karen” packs maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour.

Public storm signal number 3 (100-185 kilometer per hour winds) was raised in the provinces of Cagayan, northern Isabela, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, and the Babuyan and Calayan Island.

Signal number 2 (60-100 kilometer per hour winds) was raised over the rest of Isabela, northern Aurora, Quirino, La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Kalinga, Mt. Province, and Ifugao.

Signal number 1 (30-60 kilometer per hour winds) was raised in Pangasinan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Nueva Ecija, the rest of Aurora, and Polilio Island.

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