Project NOAH model of storm surge and high tide threats caused by typhoon Yolanda
MANILA (UPDATED) - A deadly combination of storm surge and high tide could bring seawater flooding many coastal areas in the country, government scientists warned Thursday.
Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar could experience tidal and storm-induced waves as high as 17 feet Friday morning, according to the Department of Science and Technology's Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards).
Other areas that will see seawater rise above more than 13 feet because of typhoon Yolanda include Poro Island in Biliran, Tacloban in Leyte, Port Pusgo in Quezon, Andis Island in Eastern Samar, and Sta. Cruz Harbor in Quezon.
Meanwhile, around 10 feet-high seawater could swamp Port Barton in Palawan, Banata in Iloilo, Palompon and Ormoc in Leyte, Gamay Bay in Northern Samar, and Tuburan in Cebu.
Project NOAH listed other areas threatened by storm surge and high tide.
The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) earlier issued an orange alert for storm surge impact in the Philippines.
President Benigno Aquino also highlighted the threat posed by Yolanda's storm surge.
"Bukod sa inaasahang bugso ng hangin, ulan, pag-apaw ng mga ilog, pati ang posibilidad ng pagdagsa ng lahar sa mga pook malapit sa bulkan ng Mayon at Bulusan, mino-monitor din po natin ang banta ng mga storm surge sa mahigit 100 mga pook," he said in an address aired nationwide Thursday.
"Matindi ang panganib ng storm surge sa Ormoc, Ginayangan Ragay Gulf sa Albay, at Lamon Bay sa Atimonan," he added.