TYPHOON Bising (Surigae) could significantly impact the eastern portions of Luzon and Visayas, and make a landfall if it shifts westward from its current track, state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Saturday, April 17, 2021.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, the typhoon had intensified and was packing winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 230 kph.
It was spotted at 645 kilometers (km) east of Maasin City, Southern Leyte or 545 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, and moving northwestward at 20 kph.
Pagasa said the typhoon is forecast to further intensify and reach its peak intensity of 195 to 205 kph on Sunday, April 18.
“Considering the uncertainty in the track forecast of typhoon "BISING", a westward shift in the current forecast track may result in potentially significant impacts over the The possibility of a landfall scenario is not ruled out,” the weather bureau stated.
On Saturday, rough to very rough seas due to the typhoon will be experienced over the eastern seaboards of Bicol Region (2.5 to 4.5 meters), Eastern Visayas (2.5 to 6.5 m), Caraga (2.5 to 5.5 m) and Davao Region (2.5 to 3.0 m).
Sea travel for all types of seacraft is risky over these waters, the weather bureau said in its advisory issued at 11 a.m. Saturday.
On Sunday, the typhoon will bring moderate to intense rains and possibly destructive winds over Eastern Visayas, Sorsogon, Masbate, Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, and Camotes Islands.
Pagasa said flooding, including flashfloods, and landslides could occur.
Tropical cyclone winds may be felt up to 550 km. from the center of the typhoon while destructive winds are forecast to extend outward up to 70 km from the center of the typhoon.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal no. 1 (30 to 60 kph winds prevailing or expected in 36 hours) is hoisted over the following areas:
Sorsogon, Albay, the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Siruma, Goa, Ocampo, Tigaon, Sagnay, Baao, Nabua, Bato, Iriga City, Buhi, Tinambac, Lagonoy, San Jose, Garchitorena, Presentacion, Caramoan), Ticao Island, and Catanduanes
Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Camotes Islands
Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte (including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands), and Surigao del Sur
Possible impact of the typhoon’s winds includes: very light or no damage to low risk structures; light damage to medium to high risk structures; and slight damage to some houses of very light materials or makeshift structures in exposed communities. (MVI / SunStar Philippines)