• Towns without power after strong winds

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    Balanga City: Sudden strong winds brought by Tropical Storm Gorio on Sunday lashed at Bataan province, toppling power lines and rendering seven out of 11 towns and a city in the province without electric power for three to seven hours.

    Affected were the towns of Samal, Pilar, Orion, Limay, Bagac, Morong and the city of Balanga.

    Jonathan Manrique, manager of the Orion service center, said the 69-kilovolt lines that serve the Limay to Morong line was affected due to strong winds at 4:30 in the morning.

    “Nagkaroon ng clearance ang conductor kaya nagka-problema at nawalan ng kuryente sa mga bayan ng Pilar, Orion, Limay, Bagac at Morong [There was a clearance in the conductor so problems were encountered and electricity was cut in the towns of Pilar, Orion, Limay, Bagac and Morong],” he said.

    Manrique said that they have fixed the problem at past 11 a.m. and would advise the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines to restore electricity in the affected areas.

    The 69-kilovolt lines of Samal bogged down at 4:15 a.m. and the town encountered a power outage from 4:15 to 7:30 of the same morning. In Balanga City, a blackout was recorded in nine of its barangays for more than three hours.

    “Dahil sa lakas ng hangin kaninang madaling-araw kaya nagkiskisan ang mga linya at naapektuhan ang serbisyo ng kuryente pero dalawang grupo ng aming service [crew]ang agad rumisponde [Because of the strong winds earlier in the morning, the lines chafed each other and electricity services were affected; but two groups of our service crew immediately responded],” said Zaldy Mercado, foremean of the Peninsula Electric Cooperative (Penelco).

    Before the power outage in Balanga City, fire broke out at the service line in barangay San Jose, burning portions of some electric wires. Residents said that the Bureau of Fire Protection immediately responded using fire extinguishers.

    The service crew of Penelco, the main power distributor in Bataan, was busy repairing electric lines in Balanga City and Orion town.

    At the Bataan capitol in Balanga City, strong winds toppled a big canvass tent intended for use in today’s turnover ceremony between outgoing Gov. Enrique Garcia and newly elected Gov. Albert Garcia of Bataan.

    The elder Garcia won as congressman in the second district, a post to be vacated by son Albert.

    Some big and already fruit-bearing mango trees were also uprooted in Orion, Bataan.

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