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Typhoon Utor/Labuyo (updates, pictures, videos)

Utor is the eleventh named storm and the second typhoon of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season. Typhoon Utor is expected to be strongest storm to make landfall in Philippines this year. Below are updates
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Related post: Philippines natural calamities 2013 list

Update 23:05 UTC
Death toll from Typhoor Utor in Southern China has risen to three, Xinhua said. Five people are still reported to be missing.

Update 2013/08/15; 12:40 UTC

Typhoon Utor in China has claimed lives of at least one people and left five others missing, Xinhua reported.
Dam of hydropower station in Gaozhou, Guangdong province of China also collapsed.
Local farmers affected by Typhoon Utor in Hongkong are said to be get registered with the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) from tomorrow (August 16) to August 26 for assistance from an emergency relief fund.

Update 10:15 UTC

The rescue teams from Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland have saved 21 crew members of the cargo ship, Xinhua reported.
More than 158,000 people have been evacuated from Guangdong and Hainan province of China.

Update 09:35 UTC
A cargo ship has sink off Hong Kong
. Ship sank 80 km southwest of Hong Kong in the waves created by Typhoon Utor.

Update 09:05 UTC

Typhoon Utor made landfall at 3:50 p.m. in a township in Yangxi county in the city of Yangjiang in western Guangdong province of China.

Update 05:35 UTC

Heavy downpours have been reported in Northern Thailand. Several flash flooding and landslides have been reported in Mae Sot and Phop Phra districts.

Update 2013/08/14; 05:10 UTC

A Red Alert has been issued as Typhoon Utor nears China, the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center said. The State Oceanic Administration has also issued a first-level emergency response.
Stock exchange trading has been cancelled in Hong Kong. 
According to the Hong Kong Airport Authority, a total of 100 flights have been canceled and 174 have been delayed as of 10 a.m. local time.

Update 20:50 UTC

According to Xinhua, Typhoon Utor has claimed six lives in Philippines. Over 30,000 families have been displaced by heavy rains and flooding.
Utor has left the Philippines and is moving towards southern China. It is expected to make landfall in south China's Guangdong Province on Wednesday night.

Update 04:20 UTC

Typhoon Utor is expected to make landfall in south China's Guangdong Province on Wednesday night, National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center said.
An orange wave warning and blue storm tide warning have ben issued, Xinhua reported.

Update 2013/08/13; 03:05 UTC

According to Inquirer News, Labuyo has left at least three people dead and 54 missing.
Three Aurora towns have been placed under a state of calamity. They are Casiguran, Dilasag and Dinalungan.
Below is a Labuyo (Utor) storm damage photo taken in Baler, Aurora province (Source: Ronald Leander/GMA News).

Update 23:50 UTC

According to NDRRMC, four local rescue teams are conducting SAR operations.
Typhoon has affected 31,256 people across Philipppines. A total of sixty nine evacuation centers have been opened.
A total of 1,577 houses have been damaged.

Update 16:25 UTC
Labuyo has left at least two people dead and 44 missing
, Inquirer News reported. Fatalities are from Nueva Vizcaya and Benguet provinces.
A woman from Isabela province is reported to be missing. Video footage from ABS-CBN TV network clearly showed the woman being swept away by a raging river.
Below is a you tube video by AlJazeera which also shows the woman being swept away by
raging river in Isabela province of Philippines.

Update 10:10 UTC

According to PAGASA, strong to gale force wind is expected to affect the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon, the seaboards of Southern Luzon and the western seaboard of Visayas. Below is the Gale Warning issued at: 5:00 p.m 12 August 2013 (Source PAGASA).


Update 07:05 UTC
Landslide in Benguet has killed one person.
Kennon road has been closed.
As of 2:00 PM local time, at least twenty fisherman are still missing, 14 in Camarines Norte and 6 in Bolinao, Pangasinan (Source National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council).


Update 05:50 UTC

Nineteen fishermen are reported to be missing in Pangasinan.

Update 2013/08/12; 02:25 UTC

Labuyo made landfall over Casiguran town in Aurora province early Monday. According to PAGASA, Labuyo will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Southern Luzon and Western Visayas.
Around 224 families in Albay and Camarines Norte have been displaced, The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

Update 16:48 UTC

Heavy rainfall is currently affecting Aurora, Quirino and Isabela. According to PAGASA, it will continue for next 3 hours.

Update 16:10 UTC

Labuyo is currently located 95 km Southeast of Casiguran, Aurora with maximum sustained winds of 175 Kph and Gustiness of 210 Kph. It is now forecast to move West Northwest at 19 Kph.
This is a list of areas and schools that have declared suspension of classes and work today, August 12 (Data managed by GMA Network Facebook note).



Cities and municipalities

    Caloocan: Elementary to high school, public and private
    Las Piñas: Elementary to high school, public and private
    Makati:  Elementary to high school, public and private
    Malabon: Kinder to high school, public and private
    Mandaluyong: Elementary to high school, public and private
    Manila:  Elementary level, public and private
    Marikina: Preschool to high school, public and private
    Navotas: Elementary to high school, public and private
    Parañaque: Public kinder to high school
    Pasig: Elementary to high school, public and private
    Pateros: All levels, public and private
    Quezon City: All levels, public and private
    San Juan: All levels, public and private
    Muntinlupa: Preschool to elementary, public and private
    Taguig: All day care; public elementary schools
    Valenzuela: All day care and preschools; public and private elementary and high schools in the following flood-prone barangays: Wawang Pulo, Balangkas, Pariancillo Villa, Palasan, Arkong Bato, Polo, Poblacion, Tagalag, Bisig, Isla, Rincon, Pasolo, Mabolo, Malanday, Dalandanan, Coloog, and Malinta


    Ateneo de Manila University: All levels and work in  Loyola Schools
    Miriam College: All levels and work
    Philippine Women's University: All levels and work in PWU Manila, PWU HS and JASMS Indiana
    Polytechnic University of the Philippines: High school
    San Sebastian College: Preschool and elementary
    St. Paul University Quezon City: All levels; regular working day for employees
    UP Diliman: All levels

Provinces, cities, and municipalities:

    Abra:  Elementary to high school, public and private


Provinces, cities, and municipalities:

    Dagupan City: Elementary to high school


Provinces, cities, and municipalities:

    Bulacan: Preschool to high school, public and private
    Angeles, Pampanga: Preschool to high school, public and private


Provinces, cities, and municipalities:

    Cavite: Preschool to high school
    Bacoor, Cavite: Preschool to high school, public and private
    Laguna: All levels
    San Mateo, Rizal: All levels, public and private


    DLSU – Science and Technology Complex: All levels
    UPLB: All levels


    SIGNAL No. 1: No classes in kindergarten
    SIGNAL No. 2: No classes in elementary and high school
    SIGNAL No. 3: No classes in all levels

Update 16:00 UTC

Below is Public Storm Warning Signal based on SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN No. 10


Update 15:50 UTC

Labuyo is expected to make landfall over the northern part of Aurora or the southern part of Isabela between 5 and 7 a.m. Monday, GMA Network reported.
Labuyo is estimated at 110 km southeast of Casiguran, Aurora currently.

Update 15:10 UTC

The Utor typhoon is expected to make landfall in Aurora province of Philippines early Monday.
According to, classes in some schools in Metro Manila and other areas are suspended on Monday due to Typhoon “Labuyo”
Five flights of Cebu Pacific Air and  PAL Express have been canceled due to the bad weather (Source National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council).


At least 33 fishermen in Catanduanes are missing and 7,581 people have been stranded at various ports, as Typhoon Utor is approaching eastern coast of the Philippines, Xinhua reported.

Thirty three included 14 from Pandan town, eight from Gigmoto, eight from Virac, and three from Bagamanoc.

According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Typhoon Utor was located 130 km north of Virac in Catanduanes at 07:00 GMT.

Red alert has been issued for dozen of provinces in Luzon island, The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

Nine areas are under Signal No. 3, PAGASA said. They are Aurora, Nueva Vizcaya, Mountain Province, Polilio Island, Quirino, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Ecija and Isabela.

Al together fifteen are under Signal No. 2. They are Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Rizal, Northern Quezon, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga and Cagayan.

Similarly twelve are under Storm Signal No. 1. They are Albay, Sorsogon, rest of Quezon, Laguna, Calayan, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Norte, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas and Metro Manila.

Below is  a MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image taken at 10:32 UTC (Source PAGASA).


Typhoon Utor is expected to be strongest storm to make landfall in Philippines this year.

Around 20 storms and typhoons hit Philippines each year.

Original post: Natural Disasters List August 11, 2013


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