Filipinos in US told to prepare for storms


The Philippine Embassy in Washington on Friday advised Filipinos there to prepare against “severe thunderstorms” that are expected to land in the coming days.

The thunderstorms may particularly affect the East Coast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

“Filipinos have been told to brace themselves for large clusters of thunderstorms with damaging winds, hails and possibly some tornadoes,” the embassy said.

Windstorms as strong as 50mph to 100mph can affect the states of Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Heavy rains should also be expected in the Upper Midwest and New England. This includes Chicago, Cleveland, New York and Boston.

According to the embassy, windstorms and rainfall may also affect southern Appalachians and the Tennessee Valley to southern Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia.

There is also a threat of floods in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New England.
The embassy said that Filipinos communities must “wait out [the]storm indoors, monitor developments and call 911 in case of emergency.”

Filipinos in the United States can reach the embassy in Washington by calling 202-368-2767. The consulates in New York can also be reached through 917-294-0196 while the one in Chicago through 312-501-6458.

Bernice Camille V. Bauzon


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