MANILA (UPDATE) – Public storm warning signal number 2 has been hoisted over five areas in the Bicol region while storm signal number 1 has been raised in Metro Manila due to tropical storm ''Glenda'' (international name: Rammasun), state weather bureau PAGASA said.
PAGASA said storm signal no. 2 has been hoisted over Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, and Sorsogon. These areas should experience 61 to 100 kilometers per hour (kph) of winds in at least 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the following areas have been placed under signal no. 1 (30 to 60 kph winds in at least 36 hours):
- Metro Manila
- Burias Island
- Ticao Island
- Polilio Island
- Nueva Ecija
- Southern Aurora
- Northern Samar
PAGASA said as of 10 a.m., Glenda was spotted 620 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes. The storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gusts of 120 kph.
Glenda was moving west at 28 kph. At this rate, Glenda will be within the vicinity of Virac, Catanduanes by Tuesday morning.
At a press conference, PAGASA forecaster Jori Loiz said after making landfall in Catanduanes, Glenda will move toward Quezon Province before hitting Metro Manila and parts of Central Luzon.
Loiz said Glenda will exit the Philippine landmass through Zambales-Dagupan area between Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning.
Loiz warned residents in the path of the storm for possible landslides and flash floods. Those living in coastal areas under signal no. 2 are also warned against possible incidents of storm surge.
An estimated rainfall of 7.5 – 25 millimeters per hour (moderate - intense) is expected within the storm's 400-km diameter.
Fishing boats and other small vessels are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboards of Luzon and Visayas.
LGUs told to prepare
Director Allan Tabel of the Department of the Interior and Local Government said local government units in areas in the path of the storm have been advised to prepare evacuation sites and ensure that people in areas susceptible to flooding and landslide are warned against the dangers posed by the storm.
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau said in areas under signal no. 2, 359 villages have been tagged as susceptible to landslides, while 1,117 are susceptible to flooding.
Tabel added LGUs have been instructed to ensure the safety of the families of first responders so that rescue operations, if any, will run smoothly.
He added that LGUs in coastal areas have been tasked to bar any fishing activities. Tabel said orders of a pre-emptive evacuation may be made later today once an updated report on the movement and behavior of the storm arrives.
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development said regional offices have been instructed to prepare relief packs for the people who will be affected by the incoming storm.
The DSWD said it has also activated a 24/7 quick response team to address the needs of affected LGUs.