The Hong Kong Observatory raised its "T8" storm signal
-- its third-highest -- late Thursday afternoon with hundreds of office workers heading home to avoid the storm.
Southern Leyte was one of the provinces declared under public storm signal
No: 4 category.
The observatory said a "number eight" storm signal
was possible, which would shut down most public transport.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services has placed three provinces more than 500 kilometers south of Manila under storm signal
number 1 as Parma gained strength and continued to move towards northern Luzon Thursday.
flags, consisting of one or both of the red Gale Storm Pennant and the red and black squared Hurricane Storm Flag.
The receivers are left in a quiet "standby" mode until a storm signal
is issued, which activates the receiver and emits a loud warning signal to everyone in earshot.
warnings were raised over 19 northern and eastern
According to the PAGASA areas placed under storm signal
In many areas of the Philippines, a typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 55-100 kph (under public storm signal
number 2) can already cause floodings and agricultural harvest damages.
A change in direction of the typhoon saw the capital, Manila, placed on storm signal
1, the lowest level on the local typhoon alert scale, with the weather department saying there were risks of winds of up to 60 kph.
McCoy continued, "During the past 30 years -- the time I have been in the flag business -- I have seen occasional purchases of US Storm Signal
flags, consisting of one or both the red Gale Storm Pennant and the red and black squared Hurricane Storm Flag.
8 northwest gale storm signal
, the third-highest warning, by the territory's weather observatory at 2:20 p.