Here’s What We Know About Typhoon Gardo So Far
Classes have been canceled early because of a nearing supertyphoon that’s expected to be stronger than Typhoon Yolanda. But after researching a little more on Typhoon Gardo, we’ve confirmed that this current typhoon is not as strong as the 2013 storm that greatly devastated parts of the country, according to PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas through ABS-CBN News.
Elementary, high school, and college students were asked to stay at home for the day yet the morning greeted all of us with bright skies and warm sunlight. We wore our clean white sneakers to work but we made sure to bring our umbrellas too, just in case things took a turn. We were convinced it’s one of those class cancellations back in college where we could still go out to meet friends, without a drop of rain in sight.
Internationally referred to as Typhoon Maria, it will be named Typhoon Gardo the moment it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). According to Inquirer, Maria has sustained winds of 190 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 235 kph.
The United States’ Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) classifies Maria as a super typhoon, but we follow the PAGASA classification indicating that a supertyphoon must have winds running more than 220 kilometers per hour so Gardo is far from being a super typhoon.
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At 4 a.m. on July 9, Gardo was at 1,325 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes. It’s moving northwest so it will mostly be affecting the MIMAROPA area (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), and including the Panay Islands.
Here in Metro Manila and some areas of Southern and Central Luzon, we will be experiencing the occasional rains that will last until tomorrow, July 10. Typhoon Gardo will be leaving PAR by July 11 and is headed to Taiwan.
Typhoon Gardo is the 7th tropical cyclone for 2018 but it is unlikely to make landfall in the Philippines. That doesn’t mean we’re completely safe from the rains though. The southwest monsoons or habagat will surely be intensified due to this nearing typhoon.
PAGASA warned low-lying and mountainous areas of the risk of landslides and floods. It was also reported that sea travel was risky in the northern and eastern seaboards of northern Luzon.
The heavy habagat rains are still upon us even as Gardo exits the Philippines so aside from doing the necessary precautions wherever you live, it’s still best to pack a sturdy umbrella and extra clothes with you as you commute.