MANILA (UPDATED) — Weather bureau PAGASA on Saturday afternoon raised tropical cyclone wind signal no. 3 in more areas in Luzon as Typhoon Rolly maintained strength while moving towards the Bicol region.
In its 2 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said the eye of the typhoon was located 410 kilometers east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes as of 1 p.m.
PAGASA said the center of the eye of the typhoon is forecast to pass over Catanduanes and mainland Camarines provinces by Sunday morning, and over mainland Quezon by Sunday afternoon.
A landfall scenario over Catanduanes and the Camarines provinces is not ruled out due to the proximity of the forecast track to Bicol Region.
The tropical cyclone was last tracked packing maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 265 kph. It is moving west southwestward at 15 kph.
Under PAGASA's classification, a super typhoon carries maximum wind speeds of at least 220 kph.
By Sunday morning, violent winds and intense rainfall associated with the inner rainband-eyewall region will be experienced over Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, and the northern portion of Camarines Sur, and over Quezon and the southern portion of Aurora in the afternoon through evening.
It will then cross Central Luzon, before exiting the Luzon landmass on Monday morning.
PAGASA said Rolly is likely to remain under a typhoon category (185-205 kph) by the time it grazes Bicol Region and makes landfall over Quezon.
It is forecast to weaken considerably during its traverse over Luzon and emerge as a severe tropical storm or minimal typhoon over the West Philippine Sea.
The storm’s outer rainbands will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas on Saturday.
On Sunday morning, heavy to intense rainfall is expected over Metro Manila, Bicol Region, Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Marinduque, and the northern portions of Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro.
Moderate to heavy rains will be experienced over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Romblon, and the rest of Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro also by Sunday morning.
The weather bureau said flooding, including flashfloods, landslides and lahar flow may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.
The following are other areas under storm warning signals:
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 3 (121 to 170 kph winds in 18 hours)
- Northeastern portion of Camarines Sur (Tinambac, Siruma, Goa, Tigaon, Sagnay, San Jose, Lagonoy, Garchitorena, Presentacion, Caramoan, Sagnay)
- Northeastern portion of Albay (Tiwi, Malinao, Tabaco City, Malilipot, Santo Domingo, Bacacay, Rapu-Rapu)
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 (61 kph-120 kph winds in 24 hours)
- Southeastern portion of Laguna (Santa Maria, Famy, Mabitac, Pakil, Siniloan, Pangil, Paete, Kalayaan, Lumban, Cavinti, Pagsanjan, Luisiana, Majayjay, Magdalena, Santa Cruz, Pila, Liliw, Nagcarlan, Rizal, Victoria, Calauan, San Pablo City, Alaminos, Bay)
- Quezon including Polillo Islands
- Camarines Norte
- Rest of Camarines Sur
- Rest of Albay
- Northern portion of Masbate (Mobo, Milagros, Masbate City, Baleno, Aroroy, Mandaon, Balud) including Ticao and Burias Islands
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 (30 kph-60 kph winds in 36 hours)
- Rest of Masbate
- Rest of Laguna
- Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
- Oriental Mindoro
- Metro Manila
- Nueva Ecija
- La Union
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Southern portion of Isabela (Aurora, Luna, Reina Mercedes, Naguilian, Benito Soliven, San Mariano, Palanan, Dinapigue, San Guillermo, Echague, San Agustin, Jones, Cordon, Santiago City, Ramon, San Isidro, Angadanan, Alicia, Cauayan City, Cabatuan, San Mateo)
- Northern portion of Samar (Tagapul-An, Almagro, Santo Niño, Tarangnan, Catbalogan City, Calbayog City, Santa Margarita, Gandara, Pagsanghan, San Jorge, Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas, San Jose de Buan, Matuguinao)
- Northern portion of Eastern Samar (Taft, Can-Avid, Dolores, Maslog, Jipapad, Arteche, Oras, San Policarpo)
The typhoon may also trigger storm surges of up to 3 meters over the northern coastal areas of Quezon including Polillo Islands, up to 2 meters over the coastal areas of Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, the southeastern coastal area of Batangas and the southwestern coastal area of Quezon, the coastal areas of Aurora, Marinduque, Bicol Region, and Northern Samar and the other coastal areas of Quezon in the next 24 hours, PAGASA warned.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said Tropical Depression Atsani, a weather disturbance outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), is not likely to affect any portion of the country over the next 3 days.
It was last spotted 1,655 kms east of Southern Luzon and packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gusts of up to 70 kph.
Atsani is moving west-northwestward at 25 kph and is forecast to enter PAR Sunday afternoon.
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