18 October 2015

Typhoon "Lando" Threatens PBA Opening

Typhoon Lando and PBA
Super Typhoon "Lando" (international name: Koppu) just made landfall over Casiguran, Aurora, around 1:00 A.M. today (18 October) and it was packing some serious winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 220 kph.

State weather bureau PAGASA placed Aurora and Southern Isabela under public storm warning signal number 4. Rain has already reached Manila, though winds are not expected to be strong enough in the capital to cause damage.

Nevertheless, the UAAP has cancelled all its games across all sports to be safe from the expected rainfall and flooding that could last until 20 October.

"Bigyan lang ho natin ng diin: Ito pong si Lando ay hindi po ito pareho ng karaniwang bagyo na isang araw lang na dadaan sa atin. Nakikita natin base sa mga forecast at pagpapaliwanag ng ating mga scientist na tatagal ito posible hanggang Martes," NDRRMC executive director Alexander Pama said in a press briefing.

How about the PBA? Will they follow suit?

At no time in its 41-year history has Asia's first professional basketball league postponed the opening of its season, but it is in danger of doing so with Typhoon Lando expected to hit Metro Manila and neighboring provinces on Sunday.

PBA media bureau chief Willy Marcial said it's still green and go for the opening of the 2015-2016 season at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, but added a final decision will be made on Sunday morning.

"It's a go as of now," Marcial told Spin.ph last 17 October.

Asked about the chances of the league cancelling its traditional opening rites as well as the opening game between Rain or Shine and Star, Marcial answered, "Kapag malakas talaga ang ulan bukas."

According to Project-Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH), 100 mm of rain may cause landslide in certain areas.

Below is the list of municipalities that will possibly experience more than 100 mm of rainfall per day until October 20, Tuesday:


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