Storm surge hits Manila Bay; A first in Manila

A storm surge over Roxax Blvd. Manila

During the wrath of Typhoon Pedring in the Philippines, specifically in Luzon, large waves hammered the coastline of Manila causing a storm surge into the coastline that caused the flash floods near the area.

According to PAGASA, the storm surge, which was a first in Manila, began early in the morning during a high tide, spilling seawater spilling on nearby streets by 8 a.m. The streets of Raja Sulayman, Roxas Boulevard, Mabini, Ermita, Kalaw,Taft Avenue, and Ayala Boulevard were affected by flood waters and had to be closed causing heavy traffic and big problem to commuters.

In addition, the yachts anchored in the Manila Yacht Club were also battered by the storm, as well as Sofitel Philippine Plaza. Parked vehicles were seen floating in the hotel’s car park and flood waters caused evacuations of the hotel’s guests to other hotels. SM Mall of Asia’s Baywalk was also affected by the storm causing floods in the array of restaurants in the area.

Also unable to escape from floods and got struck of the typhoon was the Embassy of the United States. According to embassy information officer Tina Malone, “The extent of flooding is not yet known, but it affected mostly the grounds, not the buildings”.

Meanwhile, witnesses posted on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter their reactions with the storm surge describing it as a “Tsunami-like disaster” and a “scary wrath of nature”.

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