UPDATE: Pepeng could become super typhoon; may reach Manila by Saturday

A new typhoon called Pepeng might become a super typhoon by the time it reaches Northern Luzon and has already left about 139 people stranded in ports and transportation terminals in Legazpi City, reports GMANews.tv.

The Bicol region has been put under Storm Signal No. 1 by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), but forecaster Mario Palafox warns that as it moves toward Northern Luzon, Pepeng could become a super typhoon with its strong winds, saying in Filipino, "Its winds are now 150 kph, near 180 kph, which is the minimum wind speed for it to be considered a super typhoon."

It is estimated that Pepeng, which has winds that are twice as strong as Ondoy, will reach Manila by Saturday.

Meralco has issued a safety advisory for flooded areas:
1) Make sure that the main electrical power switch or circuit breaker is turned off. When you need to touch a switch and the floor is still wet, stand on dry board or carton or wear rubber sole boots. Use a dry stick or rubber gloves, or well-insulated pliers or tools to pull handles;

2) Unplug all equipment and appliances. Turn off the switch of permanently connected equipment. Unscrew all light bulbs if possible;

3) Remove mud and dirt from the service equipment or main circuit breaker/fuse and its enclosure with rubber gloves and rubber sole shoes;

4) Allow electrical wires, connectors and other wiring devices to dry completely. Drying may take days, depending on how wet the system is and on external temperature;

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5) When all electrical wires and accessories are dry and clean, the wiring system must be checked, and;

6) The appliance itself must be completely dry, serviced or checked by a licensed electrician. Do not turn on damaged electrical appliances.

For tips on how to assemble an emergency kit, click here.

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