MANILA (UPDATE) - Super Typhoon Rolly has made landfall in the vicinity of Bato, Catanduanes as of 4:50 a.m. Sunday, bringing catastrophic violent winds and intense to torrential rainfall.
In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, weather bureau PAGASA said Rolly, the world's strongest storm for 2020, will bring catastrophic violent
winds and intense to torrential rainfall over Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, the northern portion of Sorsogon and the central and southern portions of Quezon within the next 12 hours.
The super typhoon is packing 225 kph maximum sustained winds near the center and gusts of up to 280 kph.
"Mapaminsala po ito. At kahit malalaking puno, kaya nitong patumbahin. At saka yung ating description na catastrophical at violent winds, possible po sa eyewall ng bagyo," PAGASA weather forecaster Lorie dela Cruz told ABS-CBN's TeleRadyo.
(It's destructive and can uproot even big trees. Our description of catastrophical and violent winds is possible at the storm's eyewall.)
The storm, however, cannot yet be compared to Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), Dela Cruz said.
"Super typhoon ho ito ngayon, at super typhoon din si Yolanda at that time. Pero yung winds, bahagyang mas mataas pa rin ang inabot ni Yolanda during that time," she said of the 2013 calamity known internationally as Haiyan.
(This is a super typhoon and Yolanda was also a super typhoon at that time, but the latter had stronger winds.)
"Sa ngayon po, magkaiba definitely ang magiging hazard niya dahil iba ang tatamaan compared sa Eastern Samar na during that time was very vulnerable."
(Right now, definitely the hazard is different as it will hit a different area compared with Eastern Samar which was very vulnerable at the time.)
According to PAGASA, Yolanda was packing maximum sustained winds of 235 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 275 kph when it hit Guiuan, Eastern Samar early morning of Nov. 8, 2013.
It made successive landfalls in Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo and Palawan that day before emerging over the West Philippine Sea.
Yolanda affected over 16 million people, of whom, more than 792,000 people were displaced. Some 6,300 people died, over 1,000 were missing, and more than 28,000 were injured. The cost of damage reached P93 billion.
Typhoon Rosing, meanwhile, had gusts of up to 260 kilometers an hour, caused carnage in Bicol and later Manila from November 2, 1995, killing 936 people.
The weather bureau said areas under tropical cyclone warning signal no. 5 due to Rolly will experience widespread damage to high-risk structures, very heavy damage to medium-risk structures and heavy damage to low-risk structures.
It said the super typhoon could disrupt electrical power distribution and communication services, blow down signs and billboards, cause total damage to banana plantations, and uproot or break tall trees.
"The situation is potentially very destructive to the community. All travels and outdoor activities should be cancelled," PAGASA said.
Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 5 was raised in the following areas, where winds greater than 220 kph may blow off all signs and billboards and disrupt electrical power and communication services:
- Eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Caramoan, Presentacion, Garchitorena, Lagonoy, Tinambac, Calabanga, Siruma, Tigaon, Bombon, Magarao, Camaligan, Gainza, Canaman, Milaor, Naga City, Minalabac, Balatan, Bula, Pili, Ocampo, Goa, San Jose, Sagnay, Buhi, Iriga City, Baao, Nabua, Bato)
The following areas were placed under signal no. 4, where winds between 171 kph to 220 kph may unroof houses with medium-built materials and may cause extensive damage to doors and windows:
- Camarines Norte
- the rest of Camarines Sur, the northern portion of Sorsogon (Donsol, Pilar, Castilla, Sorsogon City, Prieto Diaz, Gubat, Barcelona, Juban, Casiguran, Magallanes)
- Burias Island
- Central and southern portions of Quezon (Atimonan, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Plaridel, Unisan, Gumaca, Pitogo, Macalelon, Catanauan, General Luna, Mulanay, San Francisco, San Andres, San Narciso, Buenavista, Lopez, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Calauag, Quezon, Alabat, Perez)
- Northern portion of Romblon (Concepcion, Corcuera, Banton)
Tropical cyclone signal no.3 was hoisted the following areas, where 121-170 kph winds were expected within 18 hours and may uproot trees and cause moderate to heavy damage:
- Metro Manila
- rest of Sorsogon
- Northern portion of Masbate (Mobo, Masbate City, Milagros, Uson,Baleno, Aroroy, Mandaon) including Ticao Island
- The rest of Quezon including Polillo Island
- Southern portion of Zambales (San Marcelino, San Felipe, Olongapo City, Subic, Castillejos, San Antonio, San Narciso, Botolan, Cabangan)
- Central portion of Romblon (Calatrava, San Andres, San Agustin, Romblon, Magdiwang, San Fernando, Cajidiocan)
- Northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Sablayan, Mamburao, Santa Cruz, Abra de Ilog, Paluan) including Lubang Island, and the northern
- portion of Oriental Mindoro (Bongabong, Gloria, Bansud, Pinamalayan, Socorro, Pola, Victoria, Naujan, Calapan City, Baco, San Teodoro, Puerto Galera)
- Northern Samar
The following areas were placed under tropical cyclone signal no.2, where 61-120 kph winds were expected within 24 hours and may damage wooden and old electric posts:
- Nueva Vizcaya
- La Union
- rest of Zambales
- Nueva Ecija
- rest of Oriental Mindoro
- rest of Occidental Mindoro
- rest of Romblon
- rest of Masbate
- northern portion of Samar (Catbalogan City, Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas, Hinabangan, San Sebastian, Tarangnan, Pagsanghan, San Jorge, San Jose de Buan, Matuguinao, Gandara, Santa Margarita, Calbayog City, Santo Nino, Almagro, Tagapul-An)
- northern portion of Eastern Samar (San Julian, Sulat, Taft, Can-Avid, Dolores, Maslog, Oras, San Policarpo, Arteche, Jipapad)
- the extreme northern portion of Antique (Pandan, Libertad, Caluya)
- northwestern portion of Aklan (Buruanga, Malay, Nabas, Ibajay)
Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 is hoisted over the following areas, where 30-60 kph winds may rip roofs off nipa and cogon huts, damage rice crops and down banana plants:
- Mainland Cagayan
- Mountain Province
- Ilocos Norte
- Ilocos Sur
- Calamian Islands
- rest of the northern portion of Antique (Sebaste, Culasi, Tibiao, Barbaza, Laua-An)
- the rest of Aklan
- Northern portion of Iloilo (Lemery, Sara, Concepcion, San Dionisio, Batad, Estancia, Balasan, Carles)
- Northern portion of Cebu (San Remigio, Bogo City, Medellin, Daanbantayan) including Bantayan Islands
- rest of Samar
- rest of Eastern Samar
- Northern portion of Leyte (San Isidro, Tabango, Villaba, Matag-Ob, Palompon, Ormoc City, Pastrana, Palo, Calubian, Leyte, Kananga, Capoocan, Carigara, Jaro, Tunga, Barugo, Alangalang, Santa Fe, Tacloban City, Babatngon, San Miguel)
PAGASA said the super typhoon will traverse the southern portion of Catanduanes before crossing Lagonoy Gulf and make landfall over the southern portion of Camarines Sur or the northern portion of Albay Sunday morning.
The center of Super Typhoon Rolly will cross the Camarines provinces before heading towards Calabarzon Sunday afternoon.
The super typhoon is forecast to exit the mainland Luzon landmass and emerge over the Philippine Sea Monday early morning. During its traverse of Southern Luzon, it is forecast to weaken but will emerge as a typhoon over the West Philippine Sea.
Rolly will bring heavy to intense with at times torrential rains over Bicol Region, CALABARZON, Metro Manila, Marinduque, Romblon, Mindoro Provinces, Bataan, Bulacan, Aurora, Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, and the eastern portions of mainland Cagayan and Isabela.
Moderate to heavy rains with at times intense rains will be experienced over Cordillera Administrative Region, Leyte, and the rest of mainland Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon.
Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, and the rest of Luzon and Visayas. Flooding (including flash floods), rain-induced landslides, and sediment-laden streamflows (i.e. lahar) may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.
PAGASA WARNS VS STORM SURGES
The weather bureau also warned there is a high risk of storm surge of more than 3.0 m over the coastal areas of Catanduanes and Camarines Norte and the northern coastal areas of Quezon including Polillo Islands and Camarines Sur in the next 24 hours.
It said there is also high risk of storm surge of up to 3.0 m over the coastal areas of Metro Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, the southeastern coastal area of Batangas (facing Tayabas Bay), and most of the southern coastal areas of Quezon.
Storm surge of up to 2.0 m could also affect the coastal areas of Marinduque, Lubang Island, Albay, Masbate (including Ticao and Burias Islands), Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar and the remaining coastal areas of Quezon, Camarines Sur, and Batangas.
"Moreover, there is also a moderate to high risk of seiche or storm surge over the coastal areas surrounding Laguna de Bay and Taal Lake. These storm surges, which may be accompanied by swells and breaking waves reaching the coast can cause life-threatening and damaging coastal inundation," it said.
Rough to phenomenal seas (2.5 to 16.0 m) will be experienced over the seaboard of areas where TCWS is in effect and rough to very rough seas (2.5 to 5.0 m) over the remaining seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Eastern Visayas (that are not under TCWS) and Caraga. Sea travel is risky for all types of seacrafts over these waters, especially those under TCWS.
Moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 2.5 m) will be experienced over remaining seaboards of the country. Mariners of small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea.
Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
ATSANI NOW A TROPICAL STORM
PAGASA said Tropical Depression "ATSANI" has e re-intensified into a tropical storm as of 2 a.m. Sunday.
As of 4 a.m., its center was estimated at 1,280 km East of Southern
Luzon (14.9 °N, 136.0 °E).
It currently has maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.
It is moving west-northwestward at 30 km/h and is forecast to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility Sunday afternoon.
Once inside the PAR, "ATSANI" will be given the domestic name Siony.
It remains less likely to affect any portion of the country over the next 2 to 3 days. It is likely to intensify into a severe tropical storm in the next 24 to 36 hours