But lahar, mud flow also possible in Bulusan
MANILA - Typhoon "Dodong" is expected to bring heavy rains in Sorsogon where Mt. Bulusan is located.
Alert level 1 is currently raised in areas near Mt. Bulusan after it erupted Tuesday evening, spewing ash 250 meters high.
State weather bureau PAGASA said rains may have both a positive and negative effect on residents in the area.
Sorsogon is currently under public storm warning signal number 1 due to Dodong.
"Yung volcanic ash po sa atmosphere, pag umuulan, pag andun na siya sa atmosphere, maganda po yun, kasi siya po yung nagtatanggal ng ashes sa atmosphere," said Dr. Esperanza Cayanan, head of the PAGASA weather division.
"Pag bumuhos yung ulan, magkakaroon po tayo ng lahar flow, parang mudslides, na matatabunan yung mga ibang bahay dun sa area. Pag malakas yung ulan at madaming lahar, yun, danger nun," she said.
PAGASA compared Dodong to Santi, which hit the Bicol province in 2013.
Thirteen people died in that typhoon and caused P3.2 billion worth of damages.
"Hindi naman natin sinasabi na porke't ganun kalakas, mas maraming casualties or mas malaki yung damage. So preparedness pa din po ang ating factor diyan," Cayanan said. -- ANC