Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos signed an Executive Order that prohibits the use of alcohol during typhoon Ompong. As the province and the rest of Luzon are bracing for what is described as a “super typhoon,” the Governor’s Office released a liquor ban advisory for Ilocos Norte residents. Basi del Diablo Wines and Salucop Group subsidiary Wilfred’s will not sell any alcohol in accordance with the EO. The two companies will not offer said products until the ban is lifted.
Heavy Rains and Strong Winds
According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a national daily, Mangkhut (Ompong) is expected to bring strong winds and heavy downpour over the northern provinces. In Batac, residents have already topped off emergency food and water supply as early as Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Marcos said during a press conference held Wednesday that the provincial government is preparing for an early evacuation of residents in vulnerable areas. The governor also noted that the provincial government’s priority is to ensure the safety of human lives noting that damage to infrastructure and livelihood are secondary concerns.
Based on data from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), coastal areas will likely experience storm surges. The provinces of Cagayan and Isabela will get heavy rain by Friday, according to the report and the rest of northern Luzon will experience intense rains as the typhoon travels farther north.