MANILA - As tropical storm Egay exits, the weather bureau forecasts two more storms approaching the Philippines.
By noon on Monday, Egay had already moved away from land mass, crawling northward toward Taiwan at a speed of 7 kilometers per hous (kph). It was packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kph and gustiness of 90 kph.
PAGASA said there is a chance it could dissipate completely by Wednesday. If not, it will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday.
The response cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Egay was not a very strong storm.
As of press time, they have not received any reports on casualties.
Region 1, one of the most affected by Egay’s nonstop rains, has yet to submit its report to the national level.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development noted its local and regional units were able to respond without having to ask for help at the national level.
While not catastrophic, Egay still brought heavy rains in the northern and western sections of the country.
At 12 noon, an orange rainfall warning was hoisted over Manila because of the large amount of rainfall experienced the whole night and early morning. Bataan and Zambales are also in the orange warning zone.
In the yellow alert zone (imminent flooding in low-lying areas) are: Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, and Bataan.
Low to moderate rainfall was projected in Pampanga, Tarlac, Batangas, Quezon, and Nueva Ecija.
As of 12 noon, storm warning signal #2 was raised in Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and Abra. Signal #1 was raised in Batanes, Calayan & Babuyan Islands, NW of Cagayan, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, La Union, and Benguet.
Egay also affected infrastructure and travel.
As of the morning of July 5, 508 passengers, 58 vessels, and 31 motor bancas were stranded. At least 20 domestic flights were cancelled.
Around 18 roads and 1 bridge were also closed due to landslides and flooding.
Meanwhile, 90% of Baguio City and 50% of Benguet experienced a power interruption largely as a preemptive measure, with restoration scheduled at 4:00 p.m.
Rescue operations were also conducted in the following La Union towns due to flashfloods:
- barangays Pudoc
- Baccuit Norte
- Payucpoc Norte
- Central East
- Parian Este
- Nagsabaran Norte
- Camilio Osias
There was also flooding in Palawan:
- Brgy San Jose in Puerto Princesa City
- Brgys Culandanum and Sandoval in Bataraza
- Brgys Culasian, Iraan, Candawaga, and Ransang in Rizal
And in Kabugao, Apayao, particularly Barangay Cabetayan
4 landslide incidents were also reported in:
- Palawan (Montible-Napsan Rd)
- Baguio (Irisan Purok1)
- La Trinidad (Kibungan Vill)
- Apayao (Brgy Manag)
But as soon as Egay dissipates or exits PAR, two more storms are on its heels.
Tropical storm Chan-hom could enter the PAR by Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning. Once it does, it will be named Falcon.
Early projections note that Chan-hom might not make landfall, but is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon significantly because of its strength while still at sea. After Chan-hom comes tropical storm Nangka, but is still too far from the PAR to make projections on.
PAGASA told the public to expect rains at least until Friday.