House struck by lightning: Boy, 2, killed; mom hurt PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 November 2013 11:10

PHL braces for monster typhoonA two-year-old boy was killed, while his mother was injured after their house was struck by lightning in Barangay Lanzones, east of the city yesterday afternoon

A sketchy report identified the fatality as Regie  Bucoy. Injured was Angeline Francisco, 22.

The tragedy struck while Zamboanga City and other parts of Mindanao was being battered by heavy rain that was preceded by 10-minute loud thunders accompanied with lightning.   The mother and son were rushed to the Mindanao Central Sanitarium Hospital where Regie died.  Angeline was transferred to the Zamboanga City Medical Center for proper treatment of burns she suffered from the lightning.

It was learned that Regie and his mother were inside the house which was struck by lightning.

The incident happened as most of the country are bracing for the entry of a super typhoon called “Yolanda” (Haiyan international code) which was expected to make a landfall either yesterday or today.

“Yolanda” is the “most powerful typhoon for 2013”, US meteorologists said Thursday, as they classified the  supertyphoon as Category 5.

“The most powerful tropical cyclone of 2013 anywhere on Earth is raging toward the Philippines,” the US-based The Weather Channel reported Wednesday at 5:16 p.m. EST (6 a.m. Thursday Philippine time) .

“As of late Wednesday afternoon (US time), Super Typhoon Haiyan had top sustained winds near 175 (281 kilometers per hour) mph according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center,” it added.

The JTWC said in an update at 5 a.m. that Yolanda was expected to remain a supertyphoon in the next 36 hours.

More areas were placed under storm signals as Yolanda (international name Haiyan) headed towards Eastern Visayas, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical and Services Administration (Pagasa) said yesterday.

Yolanda is so far the strongest typhoon in the Philippines this year, said Pagasa’s Connie Dadivas . It is now packing maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 250 kph.

Storm signals were raised in the following areas of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao: