MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon Quiel made landfall over Aurora province on Saturday morning and is expected to be out of the country by Sunday, weather bureau PAGASA said in its latest advisory.
“'Yung pinakamata n'ya ay dito sa Dinapique, Isabela naglandfall,” said weather forecaster Raymond Ordinario during a PAGASA briefing before noon.
Ordinario said Quiel will pass through Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya and Ifugao before exiting La Union province. "It is expected to exit PAR (Philippine Area of Responsibility) Sunday morning."
The typhoon is likewise expected to bring heavy rains over northern Luzon, added Ordinario.
At 10 a.m., PAGASA said Quiel was spotted at 40 kilometers north of Casiguran, Aurora. It was packing maximum winds of 160 kilometers per hour, with gustiness of 195 kph.
"Meron s'yang diameter na 500 at ang expected rainfall is 15-25 millimeters per hour," Ordinario noted.
Public Storm Signal Number 3 was raised over Isabela, Northern Aurora, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan.
Storm Signal Number 2 was hoisted over Cagayan, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Kalinga, rest of Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Zambales, Bulacan, Northern Quezon, and Polillo Island.
The rest of Quezon, Camarines Norte, Rizal, Bataan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Lubang Island, Babuyan Island, Calayan Group of Islands, and Metro Manila were under Signal Number 1.
PAGASA warned residents in low lying and mountainous areas under storm signals to be on alert against possible flashfloods and landslides. Those residing in coastal areas were likewise alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by the tropical cyclone.
PAGASA reiterated its call to residents in areas still submerged by flood caused by typhoon Pedring to evacuate.
“Unang-una yung sa Pampanga at Bulacan kasi yan ang alam nating nangyayari na. Dapat talaga wala nang tao doon sa bahang lugar. So kung may mga kababayan tayong ayaw pa din pa evacuate, talagang dapat makialam na ang pamahalaan para ma-force evacuate na sila talaga dahil alam natin na uulan mamaya, at uulanin mamayang gabi at high tide tayo bukas ng umaga,” said PAGASA Chief Graciano Yumul.
He warned the public that the typhoon could trigger landslides, flooding and flash flooding.
“Yung ulan ay di na masisipsip ng lupa at kabundukan so lahat yan magkakaroon ng pagguho ng lupa, flooding at flash flooding. Siguro naman, dapat ang ating mga kababayan kapag sinabi ng awtoridad na mag-evacuate ay wag na po tayong maghintay na nandyan na ang sakuna bago tayo mag-evacuate. Mag-evacuate na po tayo,” said Yumul. - With ANC and dzMM