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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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Howling wind lashes Hinobaan

Howling wind from Typhoon Pablo destroyed several houses, and toppled a vehicle, light posts and trees in Hinobaan town, but spared most of Negros Occidental from its wrath.

As of 11 last night the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services said “Pablo” continued to weaken as it moved toward Northern Palawan.

Storm Signal Number 3 remained over southern Negros Occidental but is expected to be lifted today.

Hinobaan Mayor Ma. Teresa Bilbao said the howling wind that hit her town from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. was very strong but minimal rain came with it.

Shoreline residents of Hinobaan had been evacuated earlier to keep them away from harm’s way, she said.

An initial Provincial Disaster Management Team report said a Carry Truck was hit by a star apple tree, a tricycle was toppled by the wind injuring its driver on the head, and there were reports of some houses destroyed and damaged in some barangays of Hinobaan, but figures have yet to be validated today.

Sipalay Mayor Oscar Montilla last night said the wind and rain were not strong in his City, and did not appear to have caused any damage.

Mayor Isidro Zayco said there also was no damage reported in Kabankalan City that was not lashed by the typhoon.

The wrath of Typhoon Pablo also spared northern and central Negros Occidental, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said earlier yesterday.

The governor called for continued prayers that the storm spares the south and other parts of the Philippines, and to thank God for sparing other parts of the province.

“Pablo” hit Dumaguete City yesterday afternoon and veered towards southern Negros Occidental but did not make landfall, it only made an offshore pass, Eric Villaluna, Provincial Disaster Management Program Division officer-in-charge, said.

The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office had food packs on standby for delivery to Pablo-hit areas if needed, its OIC, Merle Garcia, said.

The Army and police were also on standby to assist in rescue operations, the governor said.

Sea travel remained suspended but air travel continued in Negros Occidental yesterday, except for very few cancellations of flights.

Sea travel will resume as soon as typhoon signals are lifted, the Coast Guard said.

Although many schools cancelled classes, rainfall in most parts of the province was minimal yesterday.*CPG

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