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 âKapanpetâ.
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.
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.
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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