5 provinces in Bicol under signal no. 2-A A +A
Monday, July 14, 2014
MANILA (Updated) -- Five provinces in Bicol Region are now under public storm warning signal number 2 as Tropical Storm Glenda intensified at mid-morning Monday while moving westward, the state weather bureau said.
In its 10 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, and Sorsogon are under signal number 2 (61-100 kph winds).
Signal number 1 (30-60 kph winds) was hoisted over Metro Manila, Masbate, including Burias and Ticao Islands, Marinduque, Quezon, including Polillo Islands, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Southern Aurora, and Northern Samar.
Pagasa weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said that as of 10 a.m. Monday, the center of Glenda (international name: Rammasun) was spotted at 620 kilometers (km) east of Virac, Catanduanes.
Escullar said Glenda's wind strength increased from 80 kilometers per hour (kph) to 95 kph while its gustiness also rose from 95 kph to 120 kph.
She said the tropical storm is expected to move west at 28 kph.
Escullar said Glenda is expected to make landfall in Catanduanes on Tuesday morning, then change its movement from west to northwest and make landfall at Quezon province by Wednesday morning.
She said the storm is not yet directly affecting the country as of Monday but starting Tuesday, it will enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring rains over Luzon, including Metro Manila.
“Yung sentro ng bagyo, lalapit sa northern part of Central Luzon at starting Tuesday night ay magpapaulan na rin ito sa parte ng Metro Manila,” Escullar said.
Pagasa said residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under storm warning signals are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.
Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal number 2 are alerted against storm surges.
Pagasa also said the estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5-15 millimeters per hour (moderate-heavy) within the 400-km diameter of the tropical storm.
By Wednesday morning, it is expected to be at 240 km northwest of Dagupan City and by Thursday morning, it is expected to be in the vicinity of southern China. (PNA)