MANILA – Tropical storm ''Glenda'' (international name ''Rammasun'') is expected to make landfall on Wednesday in the Quezon-Bicol area, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
Due to Glenda, public storm warning signal number 1 has been hoisted over Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, and Northern Samar. These areas should expect 30 - 60 kph winds in the next 36 hours.
PAGASA said Glenda was spotted 750 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes as of 4 a.m. Monday. It was moving west at 30 kilometers per hour.
PAGASA weather forecaster Samuel Duran said at its current speed and direction, Glenda will make landfall somewhere in Quezon Province and Bicol this Wednesday. He said a storm signal may be raised over Metro Manila once Glenda makes landfall.
Glenda also grew stronger, now packing maximum sustained winds of 80 kph near the center and gusts of up to 95 kph. An estimated rainfall of 7.5 – 15 millimeters per hour (moderate - heavy) is expected within the storm's 400-km diameter.
Duran added Glenda may intensify into a typhoon before making landfall.
Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon (habagat) will be enhanced once Glenda makes landfall, Duran said.
Fishing boats and other small vessels are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboards of Luzon and Visayas.
PAGASA said for Monday, Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rains or thunderstorms.