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Albay suspends work, classes; typhoon makes landfall in Tabaco

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(UPDATED) State weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the weather disturbance named "Quinta" (Molave) made landfall over San Miguel Island, Tabaco City, Albay at 6:10 p.m. Sunday, October 25, 2020, about four hours after it rapidly intensified into a typhoon.

As the cyclone neared Bicol region Sunday afternoon, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in Albay announced the suspension of work and distance learning sessions on Monday, October 26.

In an advisory issued at 5 p.m. Sunday by Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara, who also heads the PDRRMC, the council said the suspension of classes and work in both public and private sectors is intended to allow communities and the government to repair any damage that the storm may cause.

Pagasa had forecast "Quinta" to make landfall either in the eastern coast of Camarines Sur or northeastern coast of Albay between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday.

As of 3 p.m., Pagasa said the typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness up to 160 kph. It was still moving westward at 25 kph.

The weather bureau raised Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) no. 3 over Albay, Sorsogon, Burias Island, Ticao Island, Catanduanes and eastern portion of Camarines Sur. Typhoon-force winds were expected in these areas.

The following areas remained under TCWS no. 2 (61 to 120 kph winds prevailing or expected in 24 hours):

  • Camarines Norte, the rest of Camarines Sur, Masbate;
  • Central and southern portions of Quezon (Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, Dolores, Candelaria, Tiaong, San Antonio, Sariaya, Tayabas City, Lucena City, Pagbilao, Atimonan, Perez, Alabat, Calauag, Quezon, Tagkawayan, Guinayangan, Lopez, Pitogo, Plaridel, Gumaca, Unisan, Agdangan, Padre Burgos, Macalelon, Catanauan, General Luna, Buenavista, San Narciso, Mulanay, San Andres, San Francisco);
  • Southeastern portion of Laguna (Paete, Kalayaan, Lumban, Cavinti, Luisiana, Majayjay, Liliw, Rizal, Nagcarlan, San Pablo City, Alaminos, Magdalena, Pagsanjan);
  • Batangas;
  • Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island; and
  • Northern Samar


TCWS no. 1 (30-60 kph winds prevailing or expected in 36 hours) was hoisted over the following:
  • The rest of Quezon, Laguna, Rizal and Cavite;
  • Metro Manila;
  • Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, the southern portion of Zambales (San Marcelino, San Felipe, San Narciso, Castillejos, Subic, San Antonio, Olongapo City, Botolan, Cabangan);
  • Calamian Islands;
  • Northern portion of Samar (Calbayog City, Matuguinao, Tagapul-An, Santo Nino, Almagro, Santa Margarita, Gandara, San Jose de Buan, Pagsanghan, Tarangnan, San Jorge, Catbalogan City, Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas), the northern portion of Eastern Samar (Maslog, Jipapad, Arteche, San Policarpo, Oras, Dolores, Can-Avid, Taft);
  • Northern portion of Capiz (Sapi-An, Ivisan, Roxas City, Panay, Pilar, Pontevedra, President Roxas), Aklan, northern portion of Antique (Caluya, Libertad, Pandan, Sebaste, Culasi) and the northeastern portion of Iloilo (Batad, Balasan, Estancia, Carles).


As of 5:10 p.m., the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said an orange rainfall warning has been issued for the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Northern Samar and Palawan.

Intense rains, floods and landslides are possible in these areas, the council said.

A yellow rainfall warning is up over Samar, northern portion of Leyte, Biliran and southern portion of Negros.

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Catanduanes said 262 individuals or 52 families were evacuated as of 10 a.m. Sunday.

Pagasa also warned of storm surge of one to two meters in the coastal areas of Northern Samar, Bicol Region, and the central and southern portions of Quezon.

Rough to very rough seas will prevail over the entire seaboards of Northern Luzon (3.0 to 5.5 m) and the seaboards of Aurora, Zambales, northern Palawan including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands (2.5 to 4.5 m), and all areas under TCWS no. 2 and no. 1 (2.5 to 5.5 m).

Sea travel is risky over these waters, especially for small seacraft.

Moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 2.8 m) will be experienced over the other seaboards of the country Sunday. (MVI/SunStar Philippines)

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