2016, October 20
Facing an unprecedented public storm warning signal (PSWS) no. 5, Ilocos Norte and its residents went ahead to prepare for super typhoon Haima (Lawin), and as a result minimized what could have been heavy damages. Howling winds with moderate to heavy rains toppled electric posts, uprooted trees and destroyed some house roofs here but Ilocanos knew better than to ignore warnings, as almost all prepared for the strong typhoon. Power outage, phones down, flights cancelled ELECTRICITY in the whole province as cut by 12:3o am of October 20. The Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative reported that many power posts and electric lines were either toppled or ripped off. Power in the city’s poblacion area returned by midday of October 21.