Batanes ready for Typhoon ‘Kiko’ – Manila Bulletin


LOOK: Batanes ready for Typhoon ‘Kiko’

Parts of the Batanes police have begun helping the province’s residents in anticipation of a possible storm as Typhoon “Kiko” approaches their area on Friday 10 September.

Batanes was regularly hit by mild to severe weather disruptions that prompted residents to find ways to minimize damage, including an innovation called “Kapanpetâ€.

The Kapanpet is the binding of structures, usually the roofs of houses and businesses, to prevent them from being loosened and thrown through the air.

A collage shows houses in Batanes preparing for another wave of storm disaster when typhoon “Kiko†put this windswept province under signal no. 4 on Friday evening, September 10th. (Courtesy photo by Batanes Provincial Capitol FB Page / Manila Notice)

Another practice is called “tapangko”, where wooden shutters are used to protect the windows.

Called the Ivatans, the people of Batanes have perfected these practices as the province, in addition to being exposed to many of the region’s typhoons, also has a windswept landscape.

Elements of the Batanes police force assist a resident by setting up a “kapanpet†to prevent the roof from being torn off and thrown into the air. (Courtesy photo of Batanes Provincial Capitol FB Page / Manila Bulletin)

Meanwhile, tropical cyclone wind signal No. 4 was hoisted over Batanes and the northeastern part of the Babuyan Islands on Friday evening.

The center of the eye of the typhoon was around 10 p.m. 135 kilometers east-southeast of Calayan, Cagayan

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the typhoon had maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour (km / h) and gusts of up to 265 km / h while traveling at 20 km / h to the northwest moved.




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