Maring knocks down power lines in Northern Luzon

Maring satellite image

Power in several parts of Northern Luzon have yet to be restored following the aftermath of Severe Tropical Storm Maring, which brought rains causing landslides and floods in the region.

As of 10AM on Tuesday, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) reported that five 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines are still down, namely the Lal-lo-Sta. Ana line in Cagayan, Bacnotan-Bulala line in La Union, Labrador-Bolinao line in Pangasinan, Bauang-San Fabian line between La Union and Pangasinan, and San Esteban-Bangued line between Ilocos Sur and Abra.

Among the customers still affected are those under the Cagayan II Electric Cooperative, Abra Electric Cooperative, La Union Electric Cooperative, Central Pangasinan Electric Cooperative.

The grid firm said it has mobilized its line crews and is currently conducting patrols to inspect and assess Maring’s impact to its operations and facilities. Simultaneous restoration activities are also being conducted on areas that are already accessible.

Meanwhile, the NGCP has restored the 69kV Tuguegarao-Magapit line in Cagayan and the Labrador-Malasiqui line in Pangasinan.

As of PAGASA’s 11AM bulletin on Tuesday, Maring was located in the West Philippine Sea off the coast of Ilocos Norte (photo above). While it is heading westward away from the country, it continues to pound Northern Luzon with strong winds and rains.