Ambo may make second landfall over Sorsogon: PAGASA


Posted at May 14 2020 08:10 PM | Updated as of May 15 2020 01:30 AM

MANILA - State weather bureau PAGASA said Typhoon Ambo may make a second landfall over Sorsogon after lashing through Eastern Samar earlier Thursday.

In an interview on TV Patrol, PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said Ambo may make a second landfall by Thursday night or Friday morning in Sorsogon should it continue to follow its forecast track.

The storm is the first to hit the country this year, bringing heavy rains and strong winds across parts of the Visayas and Luzon as the country continued to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

"Maaring ma-maintain po niya 'yung maximum sustained winds, maaring mag-second landfall mamayang gabi o bukas ng umaga sa Sorsogon," he said.

(It may maintain its maximum sustained winds, it may make second landfall tonight or tomorrow morning over Sorsogon.)

Once it makes second landfall, the typhoon is expected to weaken as it traverses the Luzon landmass.

"Aasahan po na hihina 'yan dahil magkakaroon ng interaction sa landmass," Aurelio said.

(We expect it to weaken because it will interact with the landmass.)

The province of Sorsogon is currently under tropical cyclone wind signal no. 3.

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In an earlier interview on ABS-CBN's Teleradyo, Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero said his province is implementing physical distancing among families moved to evacuation centers as Typhoon Ambo threatened to come with violent winds and intense rains.

While Sorsogon has been free from COVID-19 for the last 56 days, Escudero said they would still strictly implement mandatory use of face masks and sanitation measures in evacuation centers.

The governor had already ordered local government units (LGUs) to undertake preemptive forced evacuation of residents in areas prone to flooding and landslides.

Meanwhile, Aurelio said other areas under Signals No. 3 and 2 should also prepare in case Ambo deviates from its track.

Metro Manila may experience rainy weather from Friday afternoon until Saturday morning.

Aurelio also said PAGASA may raise Signal No. 2 over Metro Manila and other areas should Ambo remain on its track.

Ambo is also expected to bring rains over Central Luzon by Friday night and Northern Luzon by Saturday.

Aurelio said Ambo is expected to exit the Luzon landmass through Ilocos Norte by Sunday afternoon. It is then forecast to leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Monday afternoon.

Visit the ABS-CBN Weather Center for more updates.