LOOK: Batanes all set for Typhoon ‘Kiko’

Published September 11, 2021, 5:06 AM

by Dennis Principe

Elements of the Batanes police force have started to assist residents of the province in anticipation of a possible severe weather event as Typhoon “Kiko” gets near their area Friday, September 10.

Batanes has been regularly hit by mild to severe weather disturbances that led residents to devise ways to minimize damages, one of which is an innovation called “Kapanpet”.

The Kapanpet is the tying up of structures, mostly roofings of houses and establishments, to prevent these from being dislodged and thrown through the air.

A collage shows houses in Batanes getting ready for another surge of a severe weather disturbance as Typhoon “Kiko” has placed this windswept province under Signal No. 4 as of Friday night, September 10. (Photo courtesy of Batanes Provincial Capitol FB Page/Manila Bulletin)

Another practice is called “Tapangko” where wooden shutters are used to protect windows.

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

Elements of the Batanes Police assist a resident by setting up a “Kapanpet” to prevent its roof from being dislodged and thrown through the air. (Photo courtesy of Batanes Provincial Capitol FB Page/Manila Bulletin)

Meantime, As of Friday evening, tropical cyclone wind signal number 4 has been hoisted over Batanes and northeastern portion of Babuyan Islands.

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

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 265 kph while moving northwest at 20 kph.

 
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